I will leave debating "fashion is art" in terms of the industry to be argued by experts. But as a fashion-enthusiast, I wince at the mere mention of the "superficiality" of the industry. What makes it superficial? Well, obsessing about it one might say? But would you label someone working in the fashion industry as superficial? Or fashion followers? I am really keen to know.
To me, fashion is a way of express oneself. It is a "non-verbal cue" of telling people who you are, kind of. Most importantly though, it is seriously fun. I really enjoy looking at people who are aesthetically fashionable. They dress for themselves, and dress up not to impress others but because they enjoy doing so. Its saddens me to hear many people who may or may not have their reasons and arguments, simply label fashionable people as "superficial". Fashion is supposed to be fun! Boo the party poopers away lol.
The latest episode of Ugly Betty (which was hilarious) inspired my post. In defending itself, Mode Magazine's representative argued that Mode cannot be exempt from help because it is "merely a fashion magazine", but should be regarded as an important part of New York's economy.