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Trend-ology: How Trends Change Our Self-Image

on November 25, 2013

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Admit it: we all have looked at old yearbooks and cringed at the crimped hair, the legwarmers, and the dreaded “skort”. Inevitably, we ask ourselves, “What the f*ck was I thinking?!”

Yet, at the time, it was the coolest thing in the world to tease our bangs so that they looked like we stuck our finger in an electrical socket. So why the regret?

It all comes down to trends, and the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City is launching an exhibit on December 3rd called “Trend-ology”, which “examines the diverse sources from which fashion trends have emerged over the past 250 years, including urban street style, art, music, film, and socio-political movements. The exhibition also highlights industry developments that have had an impact on how trends spread.”

As a curvy girl, I’ve always been fascinated about trends relating to sizes. Why is it that one year a girl is eating everything in sight because curves are “in” and the next year the same girl is skipping meals because every girl in her class says thin is “in”? What or who starts a trend? Why do some survive and others wither on the vine? And, most importantly, why do we follow them?

Of course, we know that teenagers usually try to follow trends to be like their friends, especially if they’re part of the “in” crowd. But what about adults? Shouldn’t we be mature enough to make our own decisions. especially once we earn our own money?

Question of the day: Why do you think our culture’s definition of “beauty” changes so often and who or what triggers the change? Do you feel that you are a trend setter or a trend follower and why?

http://www.fitnyc.edu/21786.asp

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