Is Fashion Trivial?

Topics: Clothing, Fashion, Haute couture Pages: 2 (529 words) Published: March 12, 2014
Is Fashion Trivial?

Malcolm Bernard’s book ‘Fashion as Communication’ (Bernard, 1996) addresses the argument that fashion is trivial and is used to communicate and challenge issues. One of the topics which is discussed in this book is the topic of whether ‘fashion is trivial’ this was questioned by Elizabeth Wilson who said that “the idea that fashion and clothing are trivial pursuits is just one popular prejudice” (Wilson, 1992). In her book she quoted a letter that was in the Guardian newspaper, which stated, “fashion is trivial and ridiculous and serious minds need not be detained by it” (Wilson, 1992).

In Sharon Stellarini article she says, “As civilized human beings, clothing is a requirement in order to be decent and presentable to the public.” (Sharon Stellarini, August 2007) She argues that clothing does more to our body than just covers us. “It has to ability to accentuate your figure, minimize your flaws, give you the image of either professionalism or slovenliness, convey your individuality, and make you feel your best.”(Sharon Stellarini, August 2007) What Stellarini is saying is that clothes or fashion isn’t only there to just conceal us but it is there to express ourselves, show outsiders our personality and to most importantly to feel good.

However Mariella Frostrup argues that without a doubt fashion is trivial, she states her own opinion that “Fashion seems to me the most ludicrous and, frankly, disgraceful thing - the whole “out with the old” thing and the waste appalls me.” (Daily Mail 2008) In a sense she is right, why should we throw away clothes after it goes out of season? Surely we buy clothes because we love the way the look or feel on us. However I do not agree with her that fashion is “ludicrous” and “disgraceful” Everything that we wear, whether it is a £4 top from Primark or a £150 dress from Marc Jacobs, was designed for a reason. Many women, especially those in professional positions, see themselves as having no...

References: Fashion as Communication. Bernard, Malcolm. Routledge, London. 1996.
Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity. Wilson, Elizabeth. Virago, London. 1985
Mariella Frostrup (May 2008) Daily Mail (online) Available from: (Accessed October 2013)
Sharon Stellarini (August 2007) Style Studio 360 (online) Available from: (Accessed October 2013)
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