Cities are where we can be fashionable. Outside a city what we wear is irrelevant.
This i can both agree and disagree, because it depends.
Sure a farmer out west is not interested in your Balenciaga hand bag and your Hermes boots, but perhaps he’ll recognise your new Drizabone jacket or R M Williams boots. No, this does not apply to all farmers, but these brands are traditionally of the working farmer.
These are their brands and their fashion which serve a purpose, so well in fact that the companies have been able to spread their name out further to design other items of clothing still practical but under their name with a larger price tag than that of more economical brands found in department stores like Big W and K Mart. But with a name comes a quality, which these brands are known for. Just like Louis Vuitton and Chanel so these brands can afford to have the bigger price tag, if the consumer can afford it too.
And so, if the brand, relates to quality, and the quality leads to higher price tag, and the brand is known for it’s luxury, quality etc when the individual wears it they will feel this sense of quality and hope that others around them will think they are a quality person with style and wealth.
Some how this is only related to the cities, where there are more people with more money and therefore more nigh class fashion.
The lecture was interesting as Peter McNeil explained the patterns made int he city streets, and how these have changed, showing images of Sydney where people ruled the road and trams would to some extent be pushing through the crowds of dressed up individuals.
It was all about appearance, looking sharps, showing your wealth and this was taken to the streets everyday. Isn’t this memory seen still today? Depending on your location yes. Individuals still have their own styles and whether it be frowned upon or looked up to by other indivuduals isn’t so important, but location is relevant, as the percentage of styles changes. Simply going from suburbia where the fashion of some groups is sports brands, tracksuits and runners, to inner city where black and grey suits rule the office filled streets. If you displace a individual in these locations, they will possibly stand out, perhaps make people think, ‘What’s their story, why are they here dressed like that?’.
Design and fashion is something that can be relevant to an individual, a society and location.