Since the earliest centuries, clothing has been used by people to characterize themselves. Textiles have represented our development as a society, reflecting which materials were available and the technologies mastered in each decade. This is as true today as it was in the past. Clothing even has a social significance suggesting characteristics of an individual’s lifestyle before ever starting a conversation. For example, some occupations can be identified by their uniforms, celebrations by a guest’s attire, or ambitions by an employee’s chosen garments.
Moral of the story?
Express yourself. Who do you want to be? What do you want to become?
We are all individuals with unique facial features, body shapes, and lifestyles. We must dress to suit our own personalities. As such, it is important to study the self. Determine what suits you and what does not; find the colors that flatter and emphasize your uniqueness; and, when shopping, pay particular attention to the fit of your garments.
According to Christian Dior, “simplicity, good taste, and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing and these do not cost money.” It is possible to be elegant without spending a fortune on clothes if you choose items that suit your personality. The rules of fashion? There are no rules, only guidelines that aim to flatter your singularity.
So take charge lovelies. Wear what complements you. And do not be afraid to mix your mall finds with those pieces that are completely individual.
You have a story to tell. Share it with the world.
Inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. It is impossible to pinpoint exactly what drives a person to think “creatively” or come up with innovative ideas. The truth is, there is no standard way to harness a creative brain, for how one is inspired is truly unique to them.
In a TED Talk by Isaac Mizrahi – a notable New York fashion designer, he describes his design inspiration as coming from mistakes in fashion or tricks of the eye. There are so many clothes nowadays that for him it’s the differences in garments that truly stand out. Whether he spots a shirt that’s functional in a new way, or one of a kind shoes, he looks for what is unique and what is interesting. Mizrahi also finds inspiration in the movies, particularly by studying the light in films – how impossible and vivid the colours look. As a designer, Mizrahi struggles to find ways to capture this beauty in his garments. This is what keeps him up at night. Mizrahi is always looking to make things “not boring,” and to live through his creativity, as to be a good designer “you always need to be slightly bored with everything, otherwise you need to pretend to be at least slightly bored with everything.”
It’s with this thinking that Mizrahi comes up with his best ideas. Through his insomnia and inability to settle his mind, he pushes the boundaries in design simply to keep things interesting. Science tells us we don’t use our brains to their maximum potential. In many careers, mine included, so much time is spent doing the same activities over and over that there is little opportunity for creative thinking. Everyone is creative though – and has creative thought. These activities drive us forward. They help us create a full and meaningful life.
So how do you find your inspiration? For me it’s through travel experiences, photography, cafe culture, and like Mizrahi – late night pondering. Whatever it is, be sure to take the time to engage in these activities regularly, to recharge and document your thoughts. You never know when you’ll have an ah-ha moment that truly changes your thinking and life.
Check out this TED Talk on fashion and creativity.