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Why does fashion change? – How historical events and cultural influences changed fashion in Japan – Why does fashion change? In fact, there are so many reasons such as famous designers, new technologies and social issues. I suppose they all influence fashion very much and also various things like celebrities, magazines and movies are connected strongly to fashion changes. However, when I look back to the history, there are significant factors that changed fashion.There are one tragic reason and one hopeful reason to fashion industry all over the world. First of all, historical events such as World War I and II had a big impact on fashion.
Sometimes, people are forced to change their clothes due to these events. In European countries, women had to do men’s jobs and needed to wear practical clothes like trousers because of World War I (McDermott, 1998). The same sort of thing occurred in Japan, too.When World War II was started, women had to remake their kimonos to working jackets or monpe (see image), Japanese loose trousers with drawstrings around each ankle, because they had to do work that men used to do (Milenovich, 2007).
I think these are really sad reasons to change clothes due to the fact that people were required to change fashion even if they did not want to. image of monpe Historical events are not the only reasons that fashion changes, but also cultural influences can change fashion.Milenovich (2007, p. 192) says ‘After Japan opened up to foreign trade in 1853, the Japanese gradually forsake the kimono in flavour of Western fashions, which symbolized their arrival in the modern world. ’ I think it was one of the most important turning points for Japanese fashion.
At that time, Japanese people get a new choice of their clothes. In addition, more Japanese male started to adopt American and European style of fashion after World War II ended though Japanese women keep wearing the kimono much longer.However, women adopted Western-style clothes afterwards and the kimono mostly became clothes for special occasion such as wedding ceremonies and summer festivals now (Milenovich, 2007). This change also brought a diversity of fashion style to Japanese. Whereas historical events forced them to change, this change was people’s choice and it contributed to the development of fashion industry in the world. If this change didn’t occurred, fashion industry in Japan might not become so huge now.Besides, famous Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake who introduced new style of fashion to Europe in 1980’s might not have shows at the Paris collection.
In conclusion, fashion is changed by various reasons such as designers, technologies and media. Sometimes people forced to change fashion and sometimes they chose to change it by themselves. However, I think we can not talk about fashion without such important factors as historical events and cultural influences because if they did not occur in the past, the present fashion industry can be completely different.
Thanks to these changes, now, we can choose to wear many different kinds of clothes and enjoy fashion. Besides, from now on, I suppose fashion will keep changing again and again and people will be attracted by fashion forever. (517 words) Bibliography Text McDermott, C. (1998) 20th Century Design. London: Carlton. Milenovich, S. (2007) Kimonos.
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