Apologises for being late to the conversation, but 2 months ago the hot topic of discussion was Harry Styles and the flamboyant aesthetics of his editorial for American Vogue. The content was modern, given that he was the first male to appear on the front cover, but the concept wasn’t new at all. Not for Harry, not for society, not for history.
Let me give an example here: it’s quite funny how a mans suit is considered to be a ‘traditional’ outfit when in fact men have been wearing dresses for a lot longer than they’ve been wearing suits. Harry’s gucci dress involved some of the oldest textile manipulation techniques in human history, that were often symbols of status and wealth because of how steady and detailed the process could be. The artistry involved is something that has gradually disappeared within western menswear overtime, but many parts of the world still withhold these types of garments because they understand the true value of them (which maybe the industrialisation of the west has blurred for us, but that’s a topic for another day).
I think the most ironic thing about it was the fact that the people criticising the issue were people that 1) don’t read vogue, 2) don’t care for fashion and will probably still view it as frivolous and just clothes, 3) don’t care about Harry, and 4) are in no way affected by it.
Fashion has so much history and culture behind it, it’s one of the only industries that is consumed by the majority of the population and yet people either care a lot about it or don’t care about it at all. It’s a blunt ‘clothes’ or ‘fashion’ argument and everyone has somewhat of an opinion on it, which is a good thing. Everyone has their own personal tastes and it’s okay to say if you do or don’t like something.
What’s not okay is shaming people or saying they can’t wear something, just because you don’t like it. If you don’t like it then don’t read it, or better yet, don’t let it get to you so much. The fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and people are getting annoyed by someone’s dress sense like there’s not bigger things going on in the world, you couldn’t write it.
Anyway, rant over. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I’ll be back soon with more topics to discuss!
Lots of love,