Fashion is always changing. It can initiate a revolution. One fashion trend this year might no longer be considered fashionable the following year. Fashion has always been a form of self-expression. It gives way to having the freedom to showcase who you are through the clothing, style, and accessories you are wearing. You can wear custom t-shirts and still feel mighty and confident. It is you, who always has the power to decide.
Self-expression is self-identity. Identity expands to a very broad umbrella of social roles, change, and movements. Thus, fashion is a very powerful medium in society.
However, fashion is not always limited to self-expression and style, nor the choice of clothes, color, shoes, or accessories you wear. Again, fashion is revolutionary- it can scream the language of peace even without uttering the words for it.
How does fashion shape peace and promote change in the world today?
Pillar for the Labor Market
Behind the glitz and glam of the fashion industry are millions of people all over the world working behind the scene to make everything perfect and spot on.
However, poor working conditions and labor rights have always been a challenge to the supply chain. Many workers are overworked and underpaid. Thankfully, some organizations and foundations fight for these people who cannot stand and fight for themselves.
Fashion companies are becoming aware of these malpractices and are starting to be more determined to value transparency and fair working conditions to their workforce, especially to its supply chain. This means a stronger pillar for the people dependent on the fashion industry.
Employment Opportunities and Aid to Communities
Employment is a huge factor that helps people deviate from poverty. Having a source of income lessens crimes, consequently strengthening peace relations and stability of the community. More people now have opportunities to provide for their families.
In addition, displaced refugees from different nations, who are talented craftsmen, were also given a chance to rebuild and establish a new start. Various fashion brands and companies are giving chances to these refugees. This demonstrates how fashion has been utilized as a tool to support people and create opportunities for them.
Dress for Life
“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” — Edith Head
Most people, dress up because they feel empowered and confident if they do so. Being able to express who you are as a person through fashion is a significant effort to show self-worth and self-respect.
Having inner peace in oneself draws out the good energy that will reflect on the outside. If people are respected for who they are and what they want to do with themselves, insecurity and negativity have no more room to grow. People’s well-being and mental health are recognized.
Igniting Social Change
Fashion has a long history of sparking social changes throughout the world. Social norms and values were linked to how people dress and what they wear.
In modern times, fashion brands and designers have seen the huge potential and how influential fashion is as a platform in starting certain causes such as environmental protection, anti-discrimination, and equality.
Due to the massive reach of the fashion industry, it is a powerful asset in igniting social change worldwide. Fashion is truly a powerful icon in promoting peace and security.