Fashion – An Induced Epidemic?

The concept of ‘fashion’ has been around for quite some time.   I think that in caveman days, there was probably fierce competition over the ‘latest’ skins taken into camp, just like the first day of the Harrods sale…only to be attempted by those with real courage!

Those of you know read the L FOR LAZARUS blog regularly will know that I’m a great believer in style over fashion, and that there is little true fashion innovation these days.

Every season produces a few of those pieces we dream of owning.  But we’re tempted far more often than that to make yet another addition to our over-full wardrobes.  And I bet I’m not alone in always wanting more.

Sometimes I think we women are a little gullible regarding this very clever, very profitable industry that prompts us to replenish every six months.

In fact, make that every three months if we include ‘newly invented’ seasons like pre-Fall and cruise…

…or every 30 days when you consider wonderful glossy magazines like Vogue

…oops, I forgot fabulous weeklies like Grazia

…oh, and the countless daily fashion blogs…

Millions of words telling us what we need to be wearing right at this moment.

Men throughout history have contributed much to the wonderful world of fashion, but many of our literary greats have been pretty disparaging about it.  I never thought I’d be quoting the likes of Shakespeare to support my views, but for me, these guys nailed it…

“What a deformed thief this fashion is.”    William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

 “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”    Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

“A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.”    George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

And finally my favourite quote, also from Mr Shaw,  “Fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months.”

What do you think of what these literary greats had to say?


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