Those at the top have effectively created the image that they are in control—they look to one another for direction, validating their positions, and we, the bourgeois individuals of society, also look to them, furthering their influential role within our society by validating their aristocratic power.
Something needs to change, and I believe it is our perception of the Industry.
Let's stop. Just for a moment and look around.
How can we encourage change, or curate a new way of thinking?
I believe we need to:
1. LOOK AT THE SYSTEM
-Fashion is like a current; it's always changing.
-Do we follow it's movement?
-I do, and many of us are easily swept away by it.
2. RECOGNIZE CLOTHING IS A COSTUME
-We are not obligated to look a certain way.
-We are the lead character in our story, so we do have a choice.
-We are also the costume designer, so there are no strict limitations.
3. EXERT OUR OPINIONS—OUR VOICE
-The exerted opinions of those within the high ranks of the Industry dictate what's acceptable
-It is a monarchy, not a dictatorship
-We have the freedom to choose
4. APPRECIATE THE GENUINE
-We have the capability to optimize fashions for humans
-We lost the appreciation for creativity and became consumed with efficiency and productivity
-Images of others filled our society and we began to compare ourselves
5. BREAK THE MIRROR
-Once we gained the ability for mass-production we became obsessed with the ability to copy
-We stopped being individual and began to look to the aristocrats to dictate what we wore
-It is time to change and stop striving to look like the reflections and visions of others