Fashion is an ever-changing concept and a way of expressing oneself. It influences all areas of culture including art, sport, architecture and clothing. However, it is difficult to define fashion because it changes too quickly to be given a concrete definition. Often fashion is just a combination of changing trends but it can also have a strong influence on other areas of society such as politics and economics.
Fashion may vary considerably within a society according to age, social class, generation, occupation and geography. In addition, a style that is currently fashionable may become out of fashion at some point and styles from other parts of the world can introduce new fashions into a society. For example, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, new clothes from Turkey, China, or Japan became fashionable in Europe and influenced what people wore at home. In addition, a fashion can be created when a group of people start wearing a certain type of garment or accessory. This is a positive aspect of fashion because it can be an incentive to creativity.
Despite the negative aspects, fashion is omnipresent in our daily lives. We see it in magazines, newspapers, television, movies and billboards. People try to keep up with the latest trends in order to be considered fashionable but they also want to look unique and stand out from the crowd. Therefore, they turn to fashion designers for help in creating a new style statement.