Knowledge of Fashion: Why it’s Important
The first day of classes for the fall semester at FIT precollege program was Saturday. I’m taking two classes this semester but the one that really resonated for me was Anatomy of Fashion. In the class, we’ll be learning about the most influential fashion designers and creating projects that relate to them. The professor is very smart and experienced in the fashion industry. One of the most important things that I took away from the class was how valuable it is to be knowledgeable about fashion in the past, present, and future. Not many of my friends know much about designers, even the ones who are also into fashion, so it wasn’t until this class that I realized how necessary it actually is.
– First of all, if for no other reason, you should have basic knowledge of fashion so you don’t appear completely naïve and ignorant when applying to colleges/universities. The professor said he might ask, “Who is your favorite designer?” and people have actually responded, “Macy’s” or “Chanel because my sunglasses are by Chanel.” Yikes.
– If you’re a designer, or even a merchandiser or editor or PR person, it’s good to be constantly excited about different designers, trends, or events. Every once in a while I’ll come across a look in a magazine, online, or in a film and think, “I get that. I respond to that. That inspires me.” I think this is true for anyone. A foodie will be inspired by excellent food, a writer will be inspired by a brilliant novel, etc. But, the only way they can be inspired is if they taste that food or read that novel. People want and need to be stimulated especially people in a field like fashion.
– It’s good to know what worked or didn’t work for other designers so you may be less likely to make the same mistakes. “Oh I was thinking of doing something like that but now I see that would have been awful!” Could be a business venture, a design concept, etc.
– Having a better understanding of how fashion has grown and changed throughout history and who/what influenced those changes will help you mature as a fashion industry worker. In any field, it’s important to be well-informed. How would an aspiring Broadway performer do if he didn’t know who Oscar Hammerstein was? How would a hopeful Wall St. worker do if he didn’t know who Warren Buffett was?
– You’ll be thought of more highly. If someone were to ask you who your favorite up-and-coming designers or favorite designers from the ’50s were and you didn’t know of any, that could be embarrassing. However, if you not only could name two or three but even comment on their aesthetics or latest runway shows, you’d definitely make an impression.
So I have a question for you! Don’t worry, it’s easy: Who is your favorite designer and say one interesting thing about them.