Yes, read the title again and start thinking of yourself, "What is the value of fashion"? Well, I did a survey of public opinions shows that the majority of people are thinking that fashion is a superficial industry with no value. Agree with that? Try to think about it again. The fashion industry actually involves many group of people: from designers to retailers to media. I found a research from Oxford Economics that they analyzed the fashion industry makes a wider contribution because it helps spending in related industries such as tourism, art and more. Just in case you don't know, the fashion industry is not too far away from the food and beverage industry. 

How much the fashion industry is worth? Oh yeah, in United Kingdom the fashion industry is worth 21 BILLION POUNDS to the United Kingdom economy. The Value of Fashion report, commissioned by the British Fashion Council, revels that fashion is the 15th largest creative industry in United Kingdom, also directly employs 816,000 people. I'm really, personally, very pleased to see a report like this. it really help me to defend it to those who would underestimate fashion and call it shallow.  Even if you say you don't care about fashion and don't dress to make  statement, in fact you are making a statement. 
Now, another question here. Why do you think the people put so many effort on fashion show?  What is the real purpose of fashion show? I asked our talented local designer Joe Chia says, "Fashion show is introducing the new design or look to buyers and audience, present the concept behind the collection and new looks throughout the show, and intro to the media, public to reach some audience. The most important, to show whats is possible." Fashion show is an event that is put together by a fashion designer to showcase his or her upcoming collection. But I can't say it's wrong fashion show is like a trade show, being held because designers wish to gain more buyers to purchase their collection. It has strong connection with business. Oh yes, you got your point here. Fashion shows like Haute Couture during fashion weeks when practically 90% of the designs are not really wearable. It is confusing you why people still burning their money on it right? Is it a form of art? An inspiration to other designers? What's the point of them? Let me tell you the meaning behind of it, hope you will understand and respect their works. 

Haute Couture is much more behind the making of genuine couture than just deciding add a word to the collection or what model you want. It's not easy to run the whole thing. One couture house must have employ a minimum of 10 people in their workshop and present at least 25 designs per collection. Today the official Haute Couture is composed 16 fashion houses such as Balmain, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and more. The Haute Couture designs express the heart of designer's essence. It reveals to the world via thousand television broadcasts and magazine, it is equally powerful to Ready-to-Wear, as the street are to urban collections. It's a fact there is such a small part of the population wearing Haute Couture, you may wonder why they still insist on making these pieces. But Couture houses maintain their works for the prestige and other more productive chances, like perfume, lingerie, accessories, cosmetic, and Ready-to-Wear lines.

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2012

Valentino Haute Couture Fall Winter 2012

 Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2013

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

Alexander Mcqueen Haute Couture 2009

So, fashion is pretty valuable? Hope that I didn't bring it too far. I mean, we all wear clothes everyday. We can't deny that fashion brings energy and activity in our life. Confidence, freshness which are the products of fashion bring you out of the dullness of modern world. Fashion is not only helps you create your own style since not everybody's style is the same. It is a fun way to show people who you are and what you like. Also, fashion is a great place to give a chance to talented designer to show their talent, creativity and skills to rival anywhere in the world. To sum up, whatever the family background, religion, other industry, profession you have, you cannot deny the great value and the necessity of fashion in your life.

Evangeline Yan 



  1. What a great post! I agree every point you'd mentioned. It helps me understand more about fashion industry and of course, appreciate all designers' works. Fashion isn't just clothes but the soul of a fashion designer.

  2. i really love your post, it sound so right and i really can feel how you love fashion=)


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