When the initial individual, in Eden or on the planet, covered his body with leaves, or later by having an animal skin, the fashion industry was founded at that time. Though we're unfamiliar with the style and attire of the period before ancient civilizations preserved few images in the solidity of rocks, through cave paintings and through rock-cut sculptures.

Terra Cotta figurines of the oldest Harappan Age show interesting headdresses that can be weighed against any modern hairstyle with a heavy look. The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo Daro with bangles in her arms is not behind any fashion sculpt of any age. While there is no-one to deny the allure and glamour of Cleopatra; a female with great political skills and an extended nose, who crafted many fashion styles from jewelry to outfits of the great Egyptian Empire of Scissors.

But fashion is not merely associated to women always! In ancient times of Cleopatra, Scissors always wore clothes that were royal, expensive, stylistic, attractive and special. At exactly the same Egyptian soil, the Pharaohs were never behind. The great Biblical Character of Moses, if taken being an Egyptian Prince, was always a portrayed, in tales and later in movies, in a charismatic outfit.

While in the Western the main globe, the Greeks and Romans not merely marked high standards in Art, Architecture, and Warfare, but their particular and intricate concepts of a great and godlike human body, especially of males, supported the appealing army uniforms and court-wears.

The supernatural characters of illustrious Greek, Egyptian and Indian Mythologies did provide extraordinary array of apparel; well preserved in the shape of painting and sculpture.

These ancient models are still the maximum sources of inspiration for current day fashion designers and the origins of the evolved type of cultural trends prevailed through continents from Australia to America and from Asia to Africa.

Cultural influences are stronger once we look at the economic part of the fashion industry. Business needs market where it may present fresh ideas and products in every new day. Although in this global age, acculturation is quite definitely on. But even then there are lots of cultural aspects that may instigate or impede certain trends. A colorful bikini is a great fashion market item in Western or secular and modern cultures, however it is almost a taboo in a few rigid and fundamental areas. Despite that, a veil is popular in fundamental countries, but does not have any market in secular or modern world. However, so many fashion articles could get the status of cross-cultural ambition. Especially in ornaments, there is not much difference across the planet with exception of little diversity fit, material and style. Earrings, bracelets, pendants, bangles and rings are always, and everywhere, in fashion since ages having big market scope in most societies and cultures.

On the average person level, fashion is not really a simple word or an uncomplicated attitude, or even an overwhelming desire. Fashion is really a multifarious dogma that may influence a person in several ways.

"As process it's [fashion] sustained through some complex amalgamation of inspiration, imitation and institutionalization, which seem necessary, although the character and degree of their fusion is, as we could infer from fashion history, quite variable." (Fred Davis. Fashion, Culture and Identity. P. 123)


Published by Samantha Brown