Fashion is an ever-changing, ever-popular form of individualism and autonomy in a certain time and venue and in a certain context, of clothing, shoes, jewelry, makeup, hairstyle, body posture, and style. It refers to any sort of appearance, be it formal or casual. From the term itself, it suggests a trend defined by the fashion industry with regard to what is currently trending. It can be described as the distinctive manner of dressing that distinguishes one wearer from another.
This word has many definitions and some are quite controversial. For instance, fashion critics often use the word to refer to changes in the styles and materials worn in everyday clothing. It is also widely used to describe contemporary fashions in the art and music fields. On the other hand, modern fashion is often used to refer to clothing styles popular in countries like Japan, Korea, Vietnam, or China.
The fashion industry has developed various concepts and names that are associated with different categories of fashions. These include: traditional, modern, casual, special interest, and casual/college. Based on the type of fabric being used, styles can differ. For example, in the case of men’s casual clothing the trousers could be knee-length rather than the traditional dress trousers. The commonest fabrics used in contemporary designs are denim, cotton, silk, and wool. Specialty areas include bridal wear, evening wear, sports, casual, and skirts.
The term apparel (as opposed to clothing) is often used interchangeably with fashion. The meaning of apparel is to cover the body adequately, usually covering the head and feet. Apparel is often used in the context of a person’s outerwear or wardrobe. Example is a Jean jacket, which is an article of clothing intended to be worn over another item of clothing such as a shirt or a blouse.
Modern fashion is described as the movement in dressing, where “something old becomes something new” (as opposed to “something old becomes something new again”). This idea is the basis for many of the decorative fashions that have developed over the past few decades. Decorative fashions are often used to decorate clothing that has been designed to be worn outside. A good example of such a clothing item would be backless jeans outfit (a very common fashion item).
Much like the major textile industries, fashion apparel is produced by a number of different people in various locations. Different types of textiles can be used in the production of clothing and lingerie and include: rayon, cotton, wool, silk, chiffon, Georgette, nylon, polyester, viscose, Merino wool, and cashmere. Some of these textiles can take on completely different appearances depending on the lighting and the type of garment being worn. Many different types of fashions have emerged from the fashion industry and the textile industry and this article only briefly covers some of the most popular fashions.