Friday, September 11, 2009

Thinking about Fashion Idealism This Morning

So I heard that we are in the mist of a recession.  All of sudden, being idealistic is unthinkable and fashion magazines are criticized for being "out of touch".  I am glad that all that fuss didn't seem to effect the fashion world much this Fall.  This Fall season, sky-high heels (they just seem to get higher and HIGHER..), skinny pants, pleated pants, even fur are back with vengeance, and not apologetic whatsoever.
Honestly though, the last thing I want to see or think about during this time, is how the recession has destroyed the fashion idealism and what we used to love.  Why should we give in, why should we sacrifice the good for the bad?? That just doesn't make any sense to me.  Christian Dior had the right attitude during the post WWII era.  He took the exact opposite direction, and created some of the most extravagant and over the top fashion of his time.  The results?  People had hope again, people started to see that prosperious time are ahead and is possible in the near future.  Human beings are unbelievably resilient, let's not forget that.
So my view on fashion during a time like this is that we should not change what we do and what we love.  We should be sensible in spending, yes; Apologetic for loving extravagance and luxxury?  Heck no!   
Some images from Dior during Post WWII

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