A Change in Time: A Change in Fashion

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel

April 14, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 06 No. -20 Apr.12- 2013 (Chitra 30, 2069)

Fashion is not something everyone is really into or interested in. It is a supreme form of art where you put together clothing materials and accessories to make yourself presentable and fanciful. However, fashion is also the way of decoration, style, and behavior done for attraction. The way in which a people dress up defines what kind of a background they come from. It helps decide and show what their personalities are like and also displays an overall view of the particular person. Fashion is glamour, it is pride, but overall, it is you.

Nepal is a developing country. Along with the other developments, there had also been a vast development in the clothing scenario. Not much change has taken in rural places, but in the Kathmandu valley and other cities, western clothing is becoming the fact of life. It is being acknowledged and worn by a large cross-section of the city people. They keep themselves updated about what kind of clothes are in fashion and what are gone out of it. The change in fashion is so rapid. There is creativity everywhere.

These days, the youth of Nepal in particular have started exercising freedom in the matter of clothing.  They are interested in dressing up vintage. They have started wearing clothes the way their parents used to wear it in the late 70's and 80's. Many Nepalese have adopted the western style but at the same time traditional 'Daura Surwal' and 'Gunyu cholo' are coming back. The traditional clothing is so unique and beautiful. We have different people of different ethnicity wearing different types of clothes. Clothes are worn differently in Himalayas, Pahadi and Taraili regions according to the local weather and cultural heritage. Clothing stores in Nepal sell these clothes, and people are buying and wearing. They all try their best to look good and feel first-class. Clothing stores in Nepal have also started selling clothes which they think people prefer the most. People have the sense of what is nice and what is not 'encouraged' by the society.

However, it is important to be clear about what is Nepali fashion? What about the Nepali expression in clothes? Nepal is rich in culture and heritage. To keep it intact, on special occasions like marriages, people should go for national costumes, and avoid wearing 'salwar kurta' and other types of foreign dresses. The trend that we have been observing is bad. It is too unacceptable. We can have different tastes, but we should be preserving our national heritage at any cost. It should not be allowed to disappear.  

Different people have different perspective about fashion. Some people tend to think that fashion is a waste of time, money and recourse, but it is time that Nepal stands along with the other countries in every field possible. Different people have different views about fashion and clothing, but in my view, fashion is an art which represents time, culture, and religion tradition. Fashion needs to develop in our country because fashion is not a problem as long as it is appropriate. It displays the confidence of the people.

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