Monday, March 14, 2011
Over time our rag trade gradually changed and our shops became filled with stock from Asia. Local manufacturers became non-existent. Clothing became very plentiful, affortable and styles changed. Synthetics ruled.
Earlier on, dare I say, most of this imported clothing looked 'common' and exploited new ways of using up fabrics, such as interlock ad infinitum.
All of which to a large exstent took over from the fabrics, colours, sizes and garnments which we were accustomed to and that used different craftmanship.
Naturally, Asian manufacturers were not nuanced about our traditions. They had their own distincitve style of clothing which influenced what they made. In detail, their fashion was at odds with ours. However, imports, good and bad, came to dominate the lower and middle end of the market and shape our entire wardrobe. As well, a revolution has occured in what we wear and casual is in.
Fashions for tiny children undergo change but the overseas producers have a lot to answer for. Vivid colours and new styles are acceptable on little kids but overdone clumsy styling swamped the market.
The idea of delicate childrens' clothing, in scale with a child's size and make-up via colour and light weight fabrics was totally alien to the eastern producers.
To dress toddlers in elaborate formal wear like mini versions of adult-after-five was once totally alien to us. The aim to dress as adults also begins in the first twelve months, for example, jeans or army fatigues and sport shoes. Little babies do battle to take their first steps in giant-sized clumsy laceups.
Older teens wear very brief casual clothing any old place, such as university campus. Dressing for the occasion is not popular but there is room for certain alternative fashion on campus but an upcoming professional careers usually demands conventional standards of dress.
Thanks to levels of undress and the slut look, the old fashioned can better imagine how some cultures react to our standards and reject our lifestyle instead of seeing our positives aspects.
However, the message gets thru and designers are employed so that better styles emerge from Asia in line with our traditions and sizes. But, of course, taste differs enormously and conventions are up for grabs.