Fashion is a general term used to describe a prevailing mode of expression, whether through clothing or other cultural elements. It is often based on changing trends and influences all areas of culture including art, sports, clothing, architecture and the media. It can also reflect social status and belonging, for example, Albrecht Durer’s drawing contrasts the well-dressed bourgeoise from Nuremberg with her Venetian counterpart’s high chopines (shoes). In some cases it can challenge or promote dominant cultural norms and values.
It is hard to define what fashion really is because it changes so rapidly and it covers so many different aspects of life. But it is probably a combination of different things. It could be the way a person dresses, which is a form of personal expression that can reflect their own beliefs and personality, or it may be how they carry themselves in society, with their posture, their manner of speaking and so on. It can also be how they use colour, the accessories they wear and so on. It is a way to express your individuality and it can be a form of social activism or protest.
There are some people who can be regarded as the creators of fashion, with their ability to create their own style and set new trends that others follow. These are the ‘trendsetters’ and they can be found in all walks of life, from artists to musicians to sportsmen. They are usually able to create trends that change the whole course of a certain genre. For example, the style of Suzanne Lenglen at Wimbledon in 1922 is considered to be the beginning of women’s tennis fashion.
Other people are regarded as followers of fashion, with the term “fashion victim” being used to describe those who are influenced by the latest trends and buy into them without being able to think for themselves or question their merits. This can be harmful to society, as it encourages materialism and leads to people spending money they do not have in order to keep up with the latest styles.
It is important to remember that there are positive sides to fashion. It can be a form of personal expression and it can also show how much you care about the environment. It can also help you to make friends, as people are more likely to talk to you if you are dressed in an attractive or interesting way. However, it is important not to become too obsessed with fashion and to try and be your own person rather than trying to be a doppelganger of someone else.
The best way to research a topic is to attend some fashion shows and visit some shops that sell modern day fashions. It will give you a good insight into the industry and allow you to get an idea of what modern trends are currently being followed. It is also worth visiting thrift stores and flea markets to find old bits of fashion that you can incorporate into your paper, as this will make it more realistic and interesting.