What makes “fashion,” rather than just “clothes”? Is it the way a garment is designed? Or the way it’s sold? Or maybe it’s the way it’s worn? All of these aspects play a part, but the main thing defining fashion is its time-based nature. Built around seasonal shows, the word “fashion” implies a relationship to change and movement. Fashion shapes the type of clothes, accessories, grooming, and even the ways we style ourselves. After all, fashion’s second meaning is to shape, to mold, to create something. We fashion ourselves, and in turn, fashion makes us.
We begin by looking at some of the iconic Designers whose work has defined the “silhouette” through the decades, from industry pioneers such as Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, and Coco Chanel to modern-day trendsetters including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs. We then look at the Themes & Inspirations behind fashion designers’ work, such as the choice of textiles and the influence of movies, sport, and social trends.