This is why fashion matters…to the people in the industry….
I know…when many of you think of fashion, it is Instagram pictures of fit girls surrounded about Gucci and Louis Vuitton…that is social media and the world we live in today. But truly for those that are in the industry/wanting to be in the industry, love to celebrate the art of fashion… And the public can potentially see that one night a year.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Central Park on the Upper East Side of New York City, the Met Gala is held every first Monday in May. This has recently gotten more publicity, but it is not like an awards show. No one really sees the inside and not many want to just watch celebrities go into a museum in New York for a non-profit gala. But looking past this, that is not what it is all about. This is the moment for every designer to potentially capture another heart into the fashion industry as their own heart and soul is shown through their handcrafted artwork walking up the steps into the Met.
This is a big subject to unfold, but simply fashion matters to us because it is art and treated that way. The designers are artists, the models bring it to life, and the fashion shows are events to display it as a piece of artwork.
I believe everyone not in the fashion industry look at fashion as a simple materialistic thing, which is true for many people. Often it is the people that buy the luxury designer brands just to impress or show off that get the attention. Those in the industry often do not get the attention deserved, but of course they don't care.
Fun Fact: The fashion industry is in the negative the majority of the time meaning they do not make money or if they do, they hardly make money. It's true, purchasing that thousand dollar bag, did not help them that much. Why? Because as much dedication goes into the products on the shelves, what every model, designer, seamstress, and more work towards every season is the fashion show. Each fashion show takes all the budget and each couture purchase replenishes it.
This fact is what essentially embodies the idea that fashion is art. The people in the industry dedicate countless hours into deciding the location, the colors, the aesthetic, the silhouette, the models, the hair, the makeup, where each stud is placed, how long the hem line is…the list goes on. It is a passion and love that these people have and are proud to do everyday…just like any painter, singer, architect, dancer, artist.
Continuing on that list, as you can see there are months of thought that goes into every stitch and details that you wouldn't even consider. Obviously, the process from figuring up what the pieces will look like to booking the location and decorating it, cannot be done quickly. Every fashion house produces the ideas years in advance. Anna Wintour is working on the 2022 Met Gala this year.
This all to say that every trend that the general public assumes celebrities set--which is partly true because they are the ones who decide to wear it--is ultimately decided by all of the creative directors of each fashion house, directing each season's fashion shows that these celebrities just attend.
To quote one of the greatest fashion movies to date: "This… stuff’? Oh. Ok. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff" (Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wear Prada).