The world of fashion, though sometimes viewed as frivolous or unnecessary in today’s times, can be an expression of individuality or can give one a sense of belonging if trends are followed. While some desire to express their sense of fashion by following pre-made styles and buying clothes from popular clothing lines, others create their own fashion worlds by designing their own wardrobes or clothing lines.
Fashion Design major Adelaide Freeman (graduate of University of Delaware ’11) shares her ideas toward fashion as a form of self-expression that does not have any clear boundaries. About her style she says, “[It’s] a mix of vintage clothes and modern custom jewelry. I love clothing that is not only unique but has high attention to detail. I love clothing with lots of exterior embellishments. My style definitely likes to push the social norms; I do enjoy wearing clothing that’s different and eye catching.”
Adelaide enjoys earthy, sunset colors because they represent sophistication and elegance. She also likes couture for its intensity of detail, explaining that “the more attention to detail in a garment, the more beautiful it can be and more attention that can be drawn to the garment.” Adelaide appreciates the emotion that can be ignited in the viewer or wearer of the clothing garments, claiming that she would like to stir emotion that causes viewers to questioningly but curiously think, “What was that designer thinking? But wow, I want to keep looking at that garment.”
Adelaide, who is wrapping up an internship in New York, confesses that it is her dream to design clothing that is not worn or seen every day, since she is more concerned with fashion as an art form, designing it for the purpose of aesthetic beauty rather than attempting to fit in with society’s fleeting conceptions of beauty.
Though there are many who attempt to distance themselves from the world of fashion, we are all unknowingly influenced by certain trends that emerge in society. Whether we decide to follow mainstream fashion or not, we are all affected by outside forces or gather inspiration from other sources.
Whether we are influenced by emotion (i.e. wanting to belong by following trends, aesthetic beauty, etc.) or by practical reasons (clothing is a necessity, but little to no thought is given behind the particular fashion), we all have different reasons for making the clothing choices that determine our fashion tastes in the end.