Home » Uncategorized » Fashion Week Internationale

Fashion Week Internationale

As many of you know from my globalization pictorial, the fashion industry is one that assimilates and embodies the current globalization process our society is undergoing.  So, for this week’s post I decided to focus on the concept of  “Fashion Week” and how it is translated to different cultures all around the world.  The sometimes controversial Vice Magazine is no stranger in tackling different world issues with a journalistic edge. They recently ran a short series entitled Fashion Week Internationale. Hosted by former model Charlet Duboc, the series takes a look at the different fashion weeks that take place all over the world. The show tries to ignore the four main Fashion weeks (NY, London, Milan, Paris) and instead looks at fashion events in countries like Nigeria and Colombia. While in the process of  looking at these different events, Charlet also takes a look at the social/economical/health issues that the country faces and contrasts them with the events of fashion week.  One of the things that strike me the most about this show, is how different cultures are able to assimilate their unique characteristics and blend them in the “western” concept of Fashion week. Also, this show is able to uncover some serious global issues,  ranging from factory conditions in Cambodia to plastic surgery obsession in Colombia, thus opening my mind to global issues and the impact the fashion industry has on them.

For the purpose of this blog, I am going to ask each of you to take a look at one of the selected episodes of this eye-opening show. After you watched the show in its entirety (each 20-30 min) please respond with your own personal opinion on the episode(s) you just watched or answer the following questions:

-How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?

-What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?

-Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?

-Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?

Click at the link below to watch the episodes and if you feel like watching more follow the site to discover more about this amazing and riveting online show.

Cambodia Fashion Week

and

Pakistan Fashion Week

I hope you guys enjoy the show and this week’s post. Cant wait to read your opinions and thoughts on this subject.

Advertisements

19 Comments

  1. Laura Chechette says:

    I watched the Cambodia episode.

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?
    A: I’m not sure how much of Cambodia’s culture was actually displayed during Fashion Week. I felt that Fashion Week was for the rich members of society, but the real culture of Cambodia was displayed at the after parties or on the bus with the factory girls.

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?
    A: I was unaware of the murders that occurred under Khmer Rouge and the effect that it had on the country. Although I have heard of the horrible factory conditions for women working in the garment district it was really an eye opener when I was introduced to Sonnee (I think that was her name) and her family. By being able to put a face to the situation and the problems, it made me wonder where my clothes are made and under what kind of conditions, where before I never really gave it a second thought.

    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?
    A: Yes I think the Fashion Industry is reflective of the globalization process because the process for creating clothes has now spread all over the world. Even if something is designed by Ralph Lauren, the cloth might come from one country, the dye from another, and then it is sewed together in yet another country to be shipped back to the US.

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?
    A: Yes I think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in every culture because as long as there are labels there will always be that separation of rich and poor. Clothes and their price always separate people. In high school you have to wear Abercrombie & Fitch and North Face to fit in, whether you like those clothes or not. If you wear a no name t-shirt because it is comfy or you like the style you won’t be “popular.” That is why so many schools have started requiring uniforms to try to eliminate some of these problems.

  2. grabernieto says:

    Thank you for your response Laura! The question about culture is a tricky one! I wanted our classmates to watch the videos and analyzed beyond what is presented. The lack of a distinct cultural identity in the shows, demonstrate the desire for culture to adopt a more western identity. The shows, clothes, and in some cases the models try to mimic western shows. This is even clearer in one of the episode of Colombia (which I didn’t posted due to the content), which debates if beauty should be more western or more representative of Latin America. In term of the issues presented, we have social issues and the whole idea of factory conditions. The thing about the fashion industry is that it may be glamorous to look at but the reality is far from it. It is just a vicious cycle which with demand through the globalization process those in the “bottom” are the most affected. It is eye opening to get an idea of where our “luxuries” sometimes come from and this whole episodes demonstrates the ripple effects of the industry.

  3. sonigreca says:

    I watched the Cambodia fashion week.

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?
    I don’t really see much of their culture identity in their fashion week. It looks like that those fashion people are trying to be close to the global fashion trend… I see more identity form those factory girls…

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?
    One of the fashion guy mentioned about global economy had impact and they wanted fashion to show same global impact too… One of the issues is really similar to my last week topic. In Cambodia, many factory girls working hard to produce clothes. But they are only behind the glory of the fashion week… Globalization lets people see good things like growing economy, fancy fashion week. But we don’t see many girls’ sweat and hard working behind those shining things…

    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?
    Yes I think fashion industry is definitely reflective of globalization process…

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?
    I think so… To be honest, I did not like those people in the beginning of the video… Asian countries all have quite conservative cultures. I believe sometimes being shy or conservative reflect the beauty of Asian cultures… But from those guys in the video you don’t see the beauty… And I bet many western people don’t see that as a beautiful thing either…. On the other hand, I think those factory girls reflect the true beauty of Asian cultures… I would love to see them in their traditional costume in fashion week… Fashion is not necessarily about Cambodia being affected by western fashion trend. It could be the other way around….

  4. Ji Li says:

    I have watched the Cambodia one, which gave me a lot to think about. I’m also a big fan of fashion, and I am quite impressed to see the fashion week from a totally different angle in Cambodia.

    First of all, the video begins with a Cambodian song and some typical Cambodian scenes, which give me a clear and strong first impression of Cambodia, a country which I know almost nothing about. Then, to be honest, I am a little bit shocked when I see those men dancing in the club, dressing like enchanting women, kissing guys around them. That part of culture is totally new to me. Although a little bit “heavy”, it is still interesting anyways. Besides, people’s smile, facial expression, attitudes, behaviors are all the ways that the video takes for us to step closer to a real Cambodia.

    As for the global issues, in Cambodia, 1) poverty, 2) workers fight for their legal rights, 3) lack of education, 4) lack of connection/communication with the outside world, would be four main issues that I find from the video. Families are poor, so young generations don’t get money and chance to be educated. Instead, they start working in the factory so early in order to support the family. However, people work in the factory overwork a lot. They can’t get enough time to rest, sometimes they can’t get paid neither. They keep fighting for their legal rights, but they can’t give up such hard work neither.

    Fashion industry has strong influence on globalization process for sure.
    On the positive side, the fast development of fashion industry enables people from all over the world to join the latest trend, to share amazing ideas shaped by their own cultures, to learn different understanding of the concept of Fashion. Also, it encourages people like the girl in the video, who was born in a really poor family but never gives up fighting, to be much stronger, to be the person she always dreams to be, to make her dreams come true.
    On the negative side, the development of fashion industry increases the number of cheap labors in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China, which imposes huge pressure on cheap labors that may exacerbate the poverty condition in these countries to some degree. In this video, people who work in the factory even don’t know what fashion week is, but they keep working six days a week for “fashion week”, or other apparel brands of rich countries to sell with very high prices. Those workers help make big fortune for other richer countries, but they themselves can’t see a clear way to escape from serious poverty. It’s not fair.

    But I am still very happy and moved to see that girl who doesn’t know any famous designer’s name but keep designing her own clothes since young. Although she said in the video that “fashion week is for rich people, and poor people don’t have a chance to go,” she proudly holds her own fashion show often and never gives up hope.

    • grabernieto says:

      Sonya and Ji thank you for your wonderful opinions on the subject. Your opinions reflect what I wanted people to get from these videos. The point is not just look at another side of fashion but look into the reality of foreign culture and the individuals who reside in this culture. Sonya, you brought up an interesting point to the film about globalization. How with it communities are exposed to things such as a “fashion week” but those who benefit are not always those who deserve it. With the benefits of growing economy there are always victims, and this video is great showing those who are affected the most. In the case of this episode, its the workers and members of the lower strata who are alienated and deprived of benefits. Ji, you also brought up a good point about the social inequality presented in the video. Specially when talking about the young designer who went against adversities to bring her fashion line to life. It shows to you about accomplishments and how humans are able to achieve anything they set their minds to. Hope you both learned more about our global society, and think deeper next time we wear a garment or think about fashion.

  5. KSA ROCKS! says:

    Hey- OK here is what I think, and by the way your post is one of my favorite cause I am all about fashion.

    Fashion is an important element of the society today. Staying up to date with different styles is concern of many with all age brackets. Women in specific have to keep up with the different fashion if they are going to fit in among their peers and members of the opposite sex in society. In today’s world, fashion styles are changing fast. However it is important to note there are different icons and styles which cater for different types of society, ages, groups and images.

    For instance, traditional fashion houses such as Versace, Dior and Levis are now changing their collections so that they are more appealing to today’s generation which is more hedonistic and open compared to generations that have existed in the past. This means that clothing collections are changing in such a way that colorful patterns are being introduced into the traditional model of clothing. This culture of the fashion industry is spreading fast across the world.

    Personally, I believe that fashion houses are changing for the better because they are showing a certain amount of empathy and understanding with regards to modern generations and the lifestyles that they cherish. Obviously, this creates a certain amount of variance when one analyses traditionalist collections but with the vast amount of choices the fashion industry has to offer, life has to also change. New fashion houses such as Desigual demonstrate that a youthful look can work miracles and all those who do not conform to such new styles are seen as being slightly retrograde and without much imagination by their peers in society. A style blog such the Schwarzkopf one dedicated to Trendy Hairstyles for Milan Fashion Week shows how far a new hairstyle can go and how this can attract new readers to the website.

    Film stars, pop stars, and sports stars are key targets for the fashion industry and one cannot help consistently seeing new brands being launched by these stars. This means that the fashion house as we know is slowly but surely disappearing into a merge of individual lifestyles and trends which actually tend to overwhelm the fashion market. This may seem to rely more on the world of social media where everything becomes quite viral and a new dress or a hairstyle can be copied within minutes after being released to the general public. A typical case in point would be the wedding dress of Kate Middleton which whose style was copied by millions after her wedding day.

    The social media blog has changed fashion in several ways and all this is demonstrated in the way new fashion stylists and their bloggers are using the internet to attract new younger customers. The fact that content is now also available on mobile phones means that the immediacy of it all is pretty striking and anyone can turn to a blog within seconds and buy on impulse. In fact, impulse buying is an important part of today’s fashion industry as this may also mean that life changes moves towards different fashion stylists and houses. Blogs which go viral an integral part of today’s fashion industry.

    Sorry for writing a lengthy response but this only means your post is GREAT! ^_^

    • grabernieto says:

      Thanks Maha! Because you gave a me thoughtful and thorough response for my blog, I decided to respond it directly. I appreciate that you enjoy this week’s post, I wanted to do something more fun.
      In terms of the response, I agree with you on the subject of Fashion and sort of an identity calling card for individuals. I do believe fashion or the clothes we wear and how we wear it is very indicative of who we are. Our garments can show if we are creative, work for a corporate environment or even belong to a particular culture, hence why I think fashion has an importance in our culture, it is our direct calling card.
      I also agree with how fashion is very reflective our ever changing society. The inspirations, looks, designs are all based on what our current society is facing. During economic boom, looks were opulent, while during the current recession designers tone down their show and their collection to be more solemn with the estate of the world. I think the following link will provide you with a better look at how the fashion industry has been reflective of our society in the past couple of years. Its super fun video filled with super cool behind the scenes.

      http://www.sundancechannel.com/fullfrontalfashion/videos/?playlist_id=600424052001

      Lastly, social media. I do think technology has open the doors to a world that once was difficult to reach to the masses. We can now watch show on youtube, comments on twitter and take trends from different blogs. It has revolutionized the way we consume fashion and how we demanded. It is something the videos that I posted forget to mention. I believe most of the country in the videos, are inspired by the accessibility that fashion has now due to social media. The increase demand for all things fashion has thus had repercussion in the industry itself, detrimental factory conditions, low quality products and piracy there are results of the increase demand that clothing and luxury products have these days.

  6. Alex says:

    It seems to me fashion is a reflection, to some degree, of globalization. It is also reflective of individual cultures. The way that people dress is reflective of different societal norms and expectations. Different cultures put more emphasis on certain elements of fashion. It is then reasonable that fashion week type events will vary in different cultures, and will exemplify different types of fashion and emphasize different parts of the wardrobe. Countries have different standards in working conditions, and as already mentioned in comments, as well as in a previous discussion about women working in factories in China, workers are sometimes exploited. Personally, I have never followed any news about the fashion industry or trends in the U.S. or elsewhere. I buy the clothes I see in stores that I like, which allow for some level of personal expression, as well as compliance to what is socially expected/acceptable, and those that I can afford. The initial proposition that fashion week type events are elitist, seems feasible to me. Fashion week type events seem to be highlighting what is up-and-coming, which is generally expensive. If you are not well off and don’t have the means to support a trendy clothing collection, you have no reason to follow such events. I have a relative who lived in Germany for some period of time when her husband was there for work. Not following new fashion myself, I was surprised when she told me that the styles being marketed and clothing being sold in Germany 6-12 months ago is just now entering mainstream clothing lines in the U.S. Granted, this could be reflective of the part of the U.S. which she moved to after Germany. I would be interested in what makes one country or one area ahead of the curve in terms of major clothing lines throwing out news styles, and what it says about countries that are ahead of or behind another in that regard, or what it says about the companies who enter those markets.

    • grabernieto says:

      thanks for your comment! I like your view on how style arrives to different countries and it makes me think about what is viewed in the video. How in Cambodia what is presented is their interpretation of western style, for outsiders they seem ridiculous but for the people in the country is a demonstration of their current position in the global markets. Thus ultimately being a snapshot of globalization and the changing global landscapes. I am glad you were able to be aware of how fashion is interpreted in each culture and how it fits in the current global landscape

  7. Boon Han says:

    After watching the videos, I get this impression that fashion week in these 2 countries is extremely elitist and caters mainly to the to the vanity of the rich, powerful and well connected in these countries. I simply cannot understand why they would go to all the trouble to stage a show in a fortified basement of a hotel in Pakistan just for a handful of elites? The fine garments and glamour being paraded around is in sharp contrast to the huge proportion of the people living below the poverty line in Cambodia. Its like a parallel universe inside and outside.

    While I personally would not fork out thousands of dollars for designer labels, I have nothing against fashion at the same time. I think it promotes the pursuit of creativity and the creation of aesthetically pleasing garments and accessories to make the world a more beautiful place. However, I find it mind boggling that 2 identical bags made of similar materials and of similar size can differ in price by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars if one is unbranded and the other is a designer label.

    I think I am also not very good at appreciating fashion as I simply don’t find some of the “latest trends” attractive. For example, the bubble dress in the very first second of the video during the introduction, I just can’t find anything attractive about that… but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder….

    I do think that the fashion industry is highly reflective of Globalization. In a similar fashion(pun intended), it reflects the differences between the haves and the have nots of society almost as accurately as the gini coefficient. 🙂

    • grabernieto says:

      Boon Han, I am glad for your comments. One of the things that interests me the most about the fashion industry is large amount of contrasts that forms it. These videos show how crazy and delusional the fashion industry can be. I think that for many of these countries fashion is a form of escapism. It helps them escape the political and social reality and at the same time, it is a form of imitation. Many of these members of the elite are just trying to find western luxuries in their culture. At the same time, fashion weeks ignore the rest of the population. It thus become in these cultures the ultimate luxury, only available to those who can afford it. I can understand your point about not wanting fashion items, but the fascinating thing about this industry is how its filled with good things and bad things. Good being the creativity and demonstration of human talent and bad being the social inequality and civil injustices to factory workers. These videos are demonstrative of what makes fashion an interesting research topic, and I am glad you were able to watch it in these videos.

  8. Andres Leon says:

    Enrique this is a very interesting topic. I think that each culture is able to show their distinct identity through their choice of colors and design. More importantly, Fashion Week evinces that fashion has a universal appeal. The profound appeal for fashion was evident during Cambodia’s Fashion week where people across society, rich and poor, were compelled to celebrate fashion.

    Unfortunately, as the videos show, the fashion industry has a less glamorous side. In Cambodia’s case the fashion industry in many cases subjects workers to deplorable working conditions and deprives them of essential human rights. In Colombia’s case the passion for fashion has enticed many women, young and old, to subject their bodies to potentially harmful plastic surgeries that are designed to enhance their physical appearance.

    I certainly think that the fashion industry is reflective of globalization. We see this particularly with the standardization of the fashion show, where fashion is presented on runways by male and female models that typically are tall and slender.

  9. meredithmckenna says:

    Thank you for the great post Enrique, thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos!

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?
    I don’t think there was necessarily a distinct identity in each country’s fashion week. From what I gathered the shows were heavily trying to imitate fashion shows of the West. The majority of people in Pakistan would not dress in such a provocative manner (but then again, I don’t know many people who dress like the models in our high fashion shows either) and I think the fashions represent a very small percentage of the population. Although there is not much cultural identity infused in the shows, I do think it shows that the cultures are trying to express themselves in countries where expression is not encouraged, which I think will eventually lead to a more true representation of the cultures.

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?
    From the Cambodian video in particular, I found it extremely sad to see the working conditions in the factories. These factories fuel the consumerism that is happening in the Western world, and even though these conditions have been brought to our attention before, there needs to be more videos like this that personalize the situation.

    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?
    I think that the fashion industry is reflective of the globalization progress. The fact that most clothes are not made in their country of origin, reflects how our world is so interconnected. Also, trends in one country tend to catch on in other places as well, which also shows how connected we are becoming.

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?
    I think that the fashion industry has a negative impact on my culture. I love fashion, and am always inspired by the creativity of individuals, but the industry itself has some major flaws. The materialism and unattainable image that a lot of fashion houses portray creates so many problems with our generation. From pushing an anorexic body image, to making it seem like purchasing a $10,000 bag is normal, the industry is constantly pushing an unrealistic image. I do think that fashion is a way for people to express themselves and serves as a form of escape from real life (as mentioned in one of the videos), but it gets taken too seriously and people begin to get lost in trying to attain something.

    • grabernieto says:

      Hey Andres and Meredith! Thank you for both of your insightful responses.
      Andres- I am glad you were able to watch the Colombia episode, thus I am going to comment on it. The Colombia episode is very reflective of issues many of our classmates brought upon and that is about how culture is lost by trying to attain a western ideal of fashion and in this case beauty. It is confusing how in Colombia their fashion week thus not celebrate the Latin beauty but rather ridiculed and there is more need for a European look and aesthetic for the shows, very interesting stuff there.
      Meredith- I like how you brought up the point that Fashion week is a way disguised a culture’s identity. For Pakistan is a way to go away their religious rules. Fashion is all about fantasy and these videos are great way to see how it can be taken to extremes. After is an industry of extremes both good and bad. As you can see from the video the bad being the factory conditions the workers face in a daily basis. I dont believe it has a negative impact on our society but rather I think its an industry with two sides much like a sword it cuts both ways. In one way it shows what creativity and humans can do, it celebrates are culture and fuel our dream and imagination. In the other hand we have people who desire to reach these good and are not able to attain, and then other consequences piracy, addiction and disease.

  10. Kristina Coppola says:

    Really interesting topic…and a stretch for me. I’m with Boon Han, in that, I’m not opposed to high fashion industry, but neither does it hold much appeal for me.

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?

    Perhaps this is my complete ignorance of high fashion trends, etc, but I didn’t see much that I felt was distinctly Cambodian in the fashion portions of the video….and something that struck me was when the girl was wearing a shirt promoting fashion week, but didn’t understand the words to know what she was promoting…

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?

    I watched the video on Cambodia, and I was struck, as many of you were, by the striking contrast between the luxury goods and wealthy attendees of the fashion shows and how challenging it is for the “average” Cambodian to survive in the current economic model. I really liked that the movie examined the link between fashion and the working conditions that many of the seamstresses face…a good reminder about where things we wear on a daily basis (that aren’t luxury goods) originate.
    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?

    I guess I don’t know enough about the industry to really have much insight here other than to say that I think that from a business/manufacturing perspective, it may have even been a front runner/trend setter in the globalization process.

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?

    I suppose it has the ability, as do most industries in my opinion, to do create positive or negative impacts on a culture. I think that its important to examine its role in the culture codes, economy, and political structure of a particular country as well…

  11. tjglover23 says:

    I love the post.

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?
    I think accessories are what really give the essence of culture in Pakistan’s Fashion Week. The hair and makeup and the detail in their clothes and jewelry is the culture is their energy. Their culture is also within the people; the models are people from the culture. I think that though there was a touch of western influence in the Fashion Week that the only way a culture can excel is to be themselves and I think the fashions shown show a culture that is proud of who it is.

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?
    Poverty is very dominant and with that insecurity. Watching the Pakistan video the fact that not only the host of the show seemed fearful for her safety at times but that there were people around her that were Pakistani that told her to be afraid. Then the children trying to sell cigarettes and when the one child was asked about a designer, the child didn’t know what the woman was talking about. The child just knew he needed to make a sale to have money to use for whatever. But like someone said in the episode that the people that enjoy and know about the lifestyle of Fashion Week are the 1%.

    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?
    I think fashion is not only reflective but also very important to the globalization process. Fashion is reflective of individuals and culture and as we expose ourselves to different cultures and people we grow as people and change and as that change is occurring internally, externally what we wear and how we wear it changes as well. Globalization is knowing and respecting that there a people with different ideals, experiences, cultures, and outlooks on life and all those differences I think can be seen in fashion.

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?
    I think fashion like anything has positive and negative points. I cannot sat that fashions impact is more positive than negative but it does have an impact and it does exist and we have to acknowledge that.

    • grabernieto says:

      Kristina- There is no need to know much about the fashion industry to appreciate some of the topics presented in the topic. I wanted individuals to put aside their direct perceptions of fashion and analyze it beyond, and think these videos allowed that. These videos present to me what I like about this subject the different opposites and contrasts this business presents. How it can balance excesses with disparity and coexist together. And I agree it thus make you think twice about the clothes we wear and we covet. And yes, it be interesting to look at this subject in a scholarly way an analyze it further to develop more of the arguments for and against.
      Taja- I am glad you looked at the Pakistani episode, it does bring a lot of issues. I believe the episode tackled how Fashion Week can be a way for this culture to separate themselves from western perceptions of terrorism. Through the episode you see the interviewees wanting their Fashion week to demonstrate the world what their society is capable of doing. At the same time, the video presents some the issues the country is trying so badly to eliminate, such as insecurity and instability. Thank you for your views on globalization, I do think it is away for cultures to set aside their differences and find a common ground through fashion.

  12. zhoulinjolin says:

    I love the post, and I watched the Pakistan fashion week video.

    -How is each culture able to show their distinct identity in their Fashion Week?
    I agree with Taja that accessories are important parts to show Pakistan distinct identity. Also some clothes greatly feature Pakistan traditional costumes with veil and mosaic design. These models’ faces and makeup are also able to show Pakistan identity.

    -What sort of global issues are you able to discover from the videos? Could you provide your opinion?
    From the video, it can be told that this place is not quite safe and stable. The host and her friend went through several times of security check on the way from her friend’s home to hotel and was asked to turn off camera. Power cut happened twice in the video. When the host walked on the street in night, she also felt no safe although the night market and food were good. All the scenes and remarks were telling that people of this place were in great tense and danger may be lurking somewhere. The last shot of the film’s title is an explosion, which also reminds people that this fashion week is not a normal one, it happens in a place where gets worldwide focus because of its unrest, not fashion.

    -Do you think that the Fashion Industry is reflective of globalization process?
    yes, I believe so. As the global issue described above is going on currently, the fashion industry can not be well developed in such a situation. But still, fashion professionals in Pakistan work very hard to present those remarkable shows. As some people mentioned in the video, the fashion week distracted local people from danger, anxiety, blood and explosion to beauty, fashion and happy things. Plus, I believe that those stylists and some models must have touched western fashion or even personally have attended those four main fashion week in the world. They must put much ideas influenced by the global perspectives to their local fashion shows.

    -Do you think the Fashion industry has a negative impact in our respective cultures?
    I think the most negative impact from the fashion industry is the loss of local cultural heritage. Definitely, fashion trend has much to do with economy. The four cities held world’s four main fashion week are all in developed countries. On the way of closely following such fashion trend, developing and less-developed countries are losing their traditions, which is also dangerous for global civilization.

    • grabernieto says:

      Thanks for your comments!
      I do agree on your views on Pakistan and their Fashion week. I believe to them its a way of escapism. Fashion or these events takes away from their reality. For a couple of hours they are able to forget about insecurities, anxieties and issues. We also see them adopting more of western approach, although from all the videos Pakistan was only country were we can see models celebrating their heritage and their culture however modernizing. I think that is how globalization is present in fashion, it helps cultures modernize their identity with the risk of loosing it all together. As I said before this is an industry that is a double edge sword. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 2,631 hits
%d bloggers like this: