Fashion Yesterday and Today

We live in a world surrounded by numerous things that are related to technology, the latest gadgets or the latest fashion. And today’s fashion has made its importance felt in almost every sector of life. Fashion can be called in two groups: One group that follows fashion trends and adopts them and the other group that creates fashion and style statements for others to follow. It can also extend to another group of people who rarely have anything to do with fashion trends but follow their own style to create their own unique personality; adding one more style to the world of fashion.

Fashion is not just about cosmetics and makeup or hairstyles. It’s a feeling of creating the charisma of looking good in whatever you wear and this magic is created with the right kind of accessories that go along with the shoes and clothes, forming a nice image to see. Many times, people who can’t afford to buy expensive clothes look the best they can in their casual clothes, simply presenting themselves in that sophisticated way and creating an aura around them with the confidence of looking good.

There are countless forms of fashion, and trends continue to change with the seasons. From the early 1960s and 1970s to the present millennium, there has been an immense change in shapes, looks, and thoughts about fashion trends.

In India, much of fashion has been influenced by the Hindu film industry, popularly called Bollywood. The trends that have changed over time can be seen in the films made during the 1960s and 1970s and how they have evolved in various ways, resulting in a style that can be followed by the general public. People have stoned the West since ancient times and this was no exception. Clothing made in the 60s and 70s was heavily influenced by Western countries and with a traditional touch. The backdrops of the bell, scarves, and hairstyle were very frequent in those days as a style icon. Later, in the 80’s and 90’s, the fashion world sizzled like never before. There was a yearning on the part of people to look different, elegant and modern and this could be seen in their perspective towards clothing, new hairstyles, makeup, accessories such as handbags, earrings, necklaces, matching shoes, etc..

People were aware of each and every new thing that was marketed and copied the styles of their Bollywood idols. Bollywood began as a platform for theater artists and became a commercial gateway for young people and career aspirants in the film and fashion industry. This gave today’s youth to emphasize the world of fashion. Art and music have become inseparable from the past, so it is deeply rooted in the present and has more features and facilities.

Today fashion, art, music, designers, dance, etc. have a place in the industry and people can choose to take anything related to this industry as their profession as well. Art and music have long been implemented in the co-curricular activities of the school and the colleges are offering various courses for better professionalism in these areas. There are also several acting schools and the small screen, i.e. television has opened up ways to bring out the talent of young minds through numerous music and dance platforms. This is the innovation of the millennium in job creation and works in the fashion industry. The trends we see are provoked by fashion houses that have regular seasons to showcase their invention, many of which are popular on FTV, Zee Trendz and TLC channels. We can also take a look at the elegant costumes through these shows presented by the models. Today, modeling is also one of the platforms to enter the world of fashion.

In the old days, fashion was limited only to the actors in the film or to those who were bold enough to present themselves to the public to be considered fashionable. Others only courted them behind closed doors. Little by little, as times began to change, we could see women wearing their styles in the traditional sari with an embroidered blouse and a different neck style. Then we saw the sari being wrapped in various styles such as the Bengali style or the Gujarati style, etc. The women were liberating their choice of freedom and could be seen in their apparitions with a high-heeled slipper or the handbag they wore or the way they held their sari or the hair and makeup they wore. All these changes led to the invention of the churidhars and then the salwar kameez and finally fashion.