The Creation & Acceptance of Fashion

Kristina Akhrarova

In more complex societies, leisure time can produce a sense of boredom, which makes people fall into restlessness and curiosity. It motivates them to escape their standard life and to add the attractiveness of the self and to all other objects of love and friendship. The person's ego is constantly being accused of helplessness precisely in the functionally powerful societies. This leads to an unconscious tendency to throw back on personal individuality. The endless rediscovery of the self may turn into an obsession and destroy the individual. That is why insensitive people, anxious to be in the fashion, usually overreach themselves and nullify the purpose of fashion.

Some people use fashion as a visual emblem to prove that they are a member of a particular group they belong to. The more vulgar desire for prestige or notoriety is different from the affirmation of the libidinal self. It is important to understand that the role of imitation of fashion by people who belong to different groups separated from those who set the fashion trend. The acceptance of a trend by all members of society bridges the gap between a social class and the next class above it. A new fashion becomes psychologically necessary, and thus the fashion cycle is immortal. Fashion is the discreet solution of the subtle conflict.

The direction of fashion depends on the prevailing culture and social ideals of the time. Fashion always catches quickly any powerful psychological drifts under the apparently placid surface of culture. For example, there is an unacknowledged drift toward class distinctions in a democratic society, and, thus, fashion will endlessly give it visible forms. If there is criticism, there is an insincere justification that fashion is just fashion and does not need to be taken seriously.

In modern civilization, women's fashions show greater variability than men's fashions. In addition to changing women's fashion more frequently and more completely, women have a broader variety of forms than men. The men's look remains basically the same for about 100 years with only a little modification. However, in the past centuries, men's fashions showed more exuberance than women’s.

Historically, women were classified as female only because they were defined as social and economic classes. She pleases by being what she is and looking as she does rather than by doing what she does. It is important to clarify whether biology or history is mainly responsible for this. In marriage, a woman has always been the kept partner, and she has had to prove her desirability and attractiveness through constant fashion experiments.

It should be taken in great consideration that many people speak of fashions in art, habits of living and morals. Fashion is mainly applied to clothing and human body exhibitions, but it has nothing to do with clothing or decoration in essence. It has symbolic significance. Thought, morality, or art can psychologically be equivalent to the ego costume. Certainly, one can make investments in pewter or the latest Parisian fashions in the same spirit in which one can be transformed to Catholicism or Christian Science.

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