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WHAT IS FASHION

Fashion is something we deal with everyday. Even people who say they don’t care what they wear choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day.
One certain thing in the fashion world is change. We are ………1……….. being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television. Movie also have a big impact ……2…….. what people wear. Ray-Ban sold more sunglasses after the movie Men In Black. Sometimes a trend is world-wide. Back in the 1950s, teenagers everywhere dressed like Elvis Presley.


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Who dictates fashion?
Musicians and other cultural icons have always influenced what we're wearing, but so have political ………3……….. and royalty. Newspapers and magazines ………4……… on what Hillary Clinton wears. The recent death of Diana, the princess of Wales, was a severe blow to the high fashion world , where her clothes were daily news.

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Clothes separate people into groups.

Fashion is revealing. Clothes reveal what groups people are in. In high school, groups have names: " goths, skaters, preps, herbs." Styles show who you are , but they also create stereotypes and distance between groups. For …………5………. , a businessman might look at a boy with green hair and multiple piercings as a freak and outsider. But to another person , the boy is a strict conformist. He dresses a certain way to ………6…….. the message of rebellion and separation, but within that group , the look is uniform. Acceptance or rejection of a style is reaction to the society we live in.
Fashion is a language which tells a story about the person who wears it. " Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand ," according to Katherine Hamnett , a top British fashion designer. Hamnett became ………7…….. when her t-shirts with large messages like " Choose Life" were worn by several rock bands.



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There are many reasons we wear what we wear.

●Protection from cold, rain and snow: mountain climbers wear high- tech outerwear to ………8……. frostbite and over- exposure.

● Physical attraction: many styles are worn to inspire " chemistry."

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●Emotions: we dress "up" when we're happy and "down" when we're ……9……. .

● ……10……… expression: Orthodox Jewish men wear long black suits and Islamic woman ……11…. every part of their body except their eyes.
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●Identification and tradition: judges wear robes, people in the military wear uniforms, ……12… wear long while dresses .

Fashion is big business . More people are involved …13…. The buying , selling and production of clothing than any other business in the world . Every day, millions of workers design , sew, glue, dye, and transport clothing to store. ……14……. On buses, billboards and magazines give us ideas about what to wear, consciously, or subconsciously.

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Clothing can be used as a political weapon. In nineteenth century England , laws prohibited people ………15…. Wearing clothes produced in France. During twentieth century communist revolutions, uniforms were used to abolish class and race ……16……. .

Fashion is an endless popularity contest.
High fashion is the style of a small group of men and women with a certain taste and authority in the fashion world . People of ……17….. and position, buyers for major department stores, editors and writers for fashion magazines are all part of Haulte Couture(" High Fashion" in French). Some of these expensive and often artistic fashions may triumph and become the fashion for the larger majority. Most stay on the runway.
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Popular fashions are close to impossible to ……18….. .No one can tell how the short skirts and boots worn by teenagers in England in 1960made it to the runways of Paris, or how blue jeans became so popular in the U.S., or how hip-hop made it from the streets of Bronx to the Haulte Couture fashion shows of London and Milan.

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Its easy to see what's popular by watching sit-coms on television: the bare mid-riffs and athletic clothes of 90210, the baggy pants of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But the direction of fashion relies on " plugged- in" individuals to react to events, and trends in music, art and books.
" In the perspective of costume history , it is plain that the dress of any given period is ……19…. Suited to the actual climate of the time." According to James Laver, a noted English costume historian. Once identified, fashions begin to change.