Middle Eastern Influence on Fashion
The Ethnic wear I chose to show its influence is the Middle East. The photos used in the collage are from a spring collection from John Galliano (Odell, 2009). John Galliano is one of the most well known designers of our time. He loves to use avant-garde fashion and ethnic influences in his garments. This men’s collection was clearly influenced by the Middle East. The color pallet is one of beige, orange, creams, and browns. This references the color or the desert and the sand in that area of the world. He also used the Turban as a major styling influence in this collection. (www.britannica.com) The turban is a form of headdress that is worn by men. It usually consists of 45 meters of cloth. It major use in the world today is on Muslim men. But it has also been used by American Indians as well. Even the styling on these men is reminiscent of the Middle East with their tan skin and blackened in facial hair.
Odell, A. (2009, June 29). New from paris men’s fashion week: John galliano, givenchy, and more. Retrieved from http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/06/new_from_paris_mens_fashion_we_1.html
Turban. (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/609509/turban
When I thought of fashion and technology, one major brand came to mind. Nike. When it comes to technology and fashion, Nike not just looks at the style and comfort of their shoes, but also the productivity. Each line of sneakers has its own form of technology to enhance the walking experience. The major sneaker that Nike is known for is Nike Air. It changed the way cushioning was used in sneakers. Instead of a padding of sorts, they would use air. The Nike shocks are shoes meant to spring you forward by placing the cushioning onto the heel. The most interesting product Nike has come up with recently is the FlyWire shoe. Wires that wrap around the foot, making the shape of the shoe more natural, support these shoes and it also keeps your foot from sliding inside the shoe. Nike takes technology to continually innovate better shoes for athlete while also keeping style for the less athletic sneaker wear-er.
Fuax Furs and Leathers:
A major issue that has been going on in the fashion Industry that still exists today is the use of animal furs and skins for clothing needs. More and more people every day are becoming vegetarian/vegan or a like variation. Along with this movement more and more people are starting to shift their buying behaviors to faux furs or faux leathers to keep the look and feel of fur or leather but without the animal cruelty aspect. Large organizations such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) fight daily to raise awareness and action towards the suffering of animals for the sake of clothing (“Peta,” 2011). PETA doesn’t like the treatment of the animals when they are raised, overcrowded, and treated without painkillers on a daily basis only to be marched off to the slaughterhouse to be made into a handbag or jacket. I would team up with PETA to make a line of faux fur and leather jackets that had PETA’s seal of approval on all methods and materials used with cruelty free to animals.
Peta. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/leather-industry.aspx
Sustainability through Eco-wear:
One of the major fashion trends going on right now is one of being eco-fashion. This entails garments made form biodegradable or recycled materials. With the major issue of world sustainability, and its resource conservation movement, fashion likely followed. There is a “fashion paradox” in the field of eco-fashion (Black,2010). Black states that there is a paradox between the nature of fashion change therefore creating mass amounts of waste and the ideals of the sustainability movement. She goes on to explain that the eco-fashion movement does do a small part in sustainability, but a total movement to recycled fashions would lose a large number of jobs within the production of new materials. The way the fashion industry has sharpened its skills at the production and cost of making new products to sell, it proves to be very difficult to even keep a business model up using only eco-friendly materials. The idea of second hand clothing is another form of eco-fashion. It’s one that isn’t a completely new idea either. Until mass production was created a lot of clothes were passed down through generations. (Hansen, 2010) Hansen explains that a fashion movement that started in the 1990’s appealed consumers to the vintage or resale stores. The Movement in fashion was one towards period dress. With the fashion cycle, most trends eventually recycle themselves, but what made this movement different was the value attached to the originality and date of the garments. Not to mention the cost value to the consumers. The resold clothes were cheaper than buying new. The going green movement by the youth has inspired many designers to come out with their own lines of eco-fashions. ”…designers like Katharine Hamnett in Britain and Los Angeles-based Linda Loudermilk, who have helped pioneer the concept of “conscious commerce,” encouraging consumers to make decisions based on their convictions as well as esthetics. “(Childress, S., 2005, Brownell,G.,2005). The Importance of being socially responsible as well as being fashionable is constantly becoming more and more demanded by consumers. People want to know that they can still have style without hurting the surrounding environment. This trend is only going to get stronger and more prevalent in modern day society. It doesn’t just stop with clothes, but also continues to be a trend for all products including electronics, home furnishings, and even automobiles!
1. Black, S. (2010). Ethical fashion and eco-fashion. Berg encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, 10(4)
2. Hansen, K. (2010). Secondhand clothing. Berg encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, 10(4)
3. Childress, S., & Brownell, G. (2005). Green and still chic. Newsweek,145 (11), p49-49, 1p