Fashion Matters: To society

Clothes give us the ability both as individuals and participants in broader society to operate on a physical level with the world around us. Mark Twain was quite right when he quipped:

‘Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.’

I think we all agree that fashion matters to each of us personally, as we discussed during last weeks tweet chat, for a variety of different reasons, even if we are not necessarily conscious of it.

Following on from Fashion Matters: To each of us personally today we talked about why fashion matters to society and it became clear that the two ideas are inextricably linked.

Topics discussed included how we perceive our clothing, to waste management and environmental impact…

It’s so important to consider the implications of production processes and waste management not only for the environment but also for the future of the industry…

We went on to discuss diversity, age, gender, sexuality and ethnicity…

The discussion clearly illustrated the all-pervading nature of fashion in our society, but also the importance of being aware of this, as designers and consumers and ensuring that it informs our choices.

Please do join us next week as we will discuss Why Fashion Matters: To the economy…

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