When you look up the definition of fashion in the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first three definitions are: 1) A popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people, 2) The business of creating and selling clothes in new styles, and 3) Clothes that are popular. While all of these definitions qualify merit, I don’t think that they are the true definitions of fashion. To me, fashion is so much more than what is popular; it is the ultimate tool of self-expression.
Fashion is a language which tells a story about a person who wears it. Fashion is an art, an expression, an enunciation of oneself. Fashion is a state of mind, a spirit, an extension of one’s self. Fashion talks, it can be an understated whisper, a high-energy scream or an all knowing wink and a smile. Most of all fashion is about being comfortable with you, translating self-esteem into a personal style.
But sadly, many Indians think of fashion as a superficial element. They think of it as a popularity contest. In our society, painting, dancing, singing, etc. are considered as forms of art of expression. However when it comes to fashion, the society think of it as frivolous, as something which disturbs their children, as something which is full of flaw and superfluous. Perhaps it has something to with the Fashion Magazines which proclaim fashion as a luxury or as a mark of consumerism. However in reality, fashion is a form of language and can instantly change how a person feels about himself.
What we wear has always been a mirror of our society, culture, history and thoughts. The clothes reflect the thought of the person or his/her mood on a particular day (at least mine!). Whenever you open your wardrobe to choose the outfit of the day, all the things at the back of your mind reflect your choice. All the emotions just downpour on that one outfit and becomes your expression throughout the day. It is rightly said:
“The apparel oft proclaims the man.” -Shakespeare, Hamlet
If you have seen movie ‘Tamasha’ song “Agar Tum Paas Ho”, you must have noticed how beautifully Ranbir and Deepika’s attire express their personality. Ranbir wears Beige color pullover- a symbol of mind and Deepika wears Red- a symbol of heart. No dialogues, no prologue, nothing just a simple outfit expresses their beliefs.
People often mistake fashion for trends which is not true. Fashion gives the power to break stereotypes, judgments and societal norms. Fashion is everything you are comfortable in, beautiful in and feel yourself in.