Fashion is a creative process that results in a finished garment. Fashion has always borrowed from other art forms whether they are textile patterns of ancient cultures or sport. Taking these insights, designers recreate a new language of art in the form of an item of clothing. They are artists working within the medium of cloth. Let me first make clear that the fashion to which I am referring is high fashion. It isn't the sort of fashion meant for high street consumption, made by machines and propelled by mass production. The fashion I refer to is made through a creative process involving inspiration, vision, presentation, and a need by the designer to express a message through his or her chosen art form. I don't believe a t-shirt is made in this manner.
Fashion is a word that conjures up glossy magazine pages, puffy dresses, high heels, and beautiful models. A little girl dressing up in her mothers high heels would seem innocent enough. Often times what we don’t see is that same girl years later battling a number of self esteem issues. We don’t see the woman struggling with debt, the woman who never feels good enough, the woman of average size who feels fat, the woman going in to have plastic surgery, the woman that is battling anorexia or bulimia. Is fashion a major role in this?
Fashion in India has become a growing industry with international events such as the India Fashion Week and annual shows by fashion designers in the major cities of India. The victories of a number of Indian beauty queens in International1 events such as the Miss World and Miss Universe contests have also made Indian models recognized worldwide. Fashion designers such as Ritu Kumar, Ritu Beri, Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, Muzaffar Ali, Satya Paul, Abraham and Thakore, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Valaya and Manish Malhotra are some of the well known fashion designers in India.
Fashion in India covers a whole range of clothing from ornate clothes designed for wedding ceremonies to prêt lines,...