Fashion Stays as a Form of Artistic Expression


Written by Carrie Nichols

Fashion allows everyone to be an artist, and the world to become a vast and extensive gallery.  Like art, there are trends and tastes, a piece of art establishes the reputation of the artist. Today fashion has become wildly old and the most important form of expression with loud makeup and hairstyles to accent it. As each generation grows bolder than the last, it is important to reflect on whether fashion is changing for the better or whether it has become a damaging force.

In past eras, clothes have been what many consider as stiff. Men wore suits with tight collars, ties, and shiny dress shoes. Women wore pearls, heels, and heavy dresses. Style has now developed into looser and more relaxed fits. “Fashion has evolved in so many ways. Today’s fashion seems to be more comfortable than ever. These days you can even get stretchy dress slacks!” says Woodgrove senior Lance Czarnecki. Comfort is of course beneficial, but like everything, there comes a point where it can be taken too far. Going to the theater in the past always meant gowns, fans, and jewels, but now many people go wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Clothing has often been viewed in correlation with respect. With the decline of traditional, appropriate attire for certain social events does that mean the modern age has embarked in the endeavor of creating a new standard? This question has no definite answer, but changes every day.

With respect in mind, those of older generations have certainly been taken aback by the modesty of the clothing that has now become the trend. The biggest trend now isn’t any item form of dress, but rather skin. Woodgrove Senior Meghan Cleary says, “I think fashion has become increasingly more risqué. Where traditional, modest clothing used to be the norm, fashion today is designed to be more revealing and with runway fashion, shocking.” Shocking is the proper word to describe the meaning of style and fashion as a whole. With the transition between coverage to exposure, older generations perceive the current generation as careless and improper, while the current generation sees it as empowerment.

Alexander McQueen, a renowned designer, said “I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” Many designers pursue this goal of galvanizing women, while others see these new trends more as objectifying them. In most school systems, there are dress codes which oppress the trend of skin, which has always been questionable, with many considering it to be misogynistic by preventing women from showing their shoulders in relation to equality, but it can also be viewed as feministic by preventing women from from being sexualized. Situations influence opinions which is the main reason as to why the evolution of clothing has always been revolutionary. Change is never what people expect, and people are most certainly creatures of habit. Woodgrove Sophomore Meghan Smith believes, “To each her own, meaning, if you feel like showing a fiercer side of yourself then you can do that more today, and if you like to empower the womanly figure then that’s also a possibility.”