My 35 Words: Fashion

“Fashion”. (It had to be in here with My 35 Words.) Fashion is the one way that you can express who you are on your body in your daily life. I don’t always think that you have to be in “fashion”, i.e. by wearing indiscriminately whatever the lastest trend is; to me, true fashion is really about your own style. Style is something that anyone can afford. It’s how you put your outward appearance together. I’m not saying that everyone has to dress up, or even spend a lot of $ (thrift shopping anyone?) if you don’t want to, but as a visual person, when I see someone with style, I soak it up like the rays of the sun on a Northwest day. I love to see people express themselves through the way that they look.

I grew up watching Mary Tyler Moore Show reruns and Audrey Hepburn movies… at one point, I knew all of the names of the super models. Then, Sex and The City came out… and that was loaded with creative styling…  I have to tell you that I was more into what Carrie was wearing than the plots. I also have an insatiable appetite for looking at photos of vintage fashion…especially from 1890 to 1950… and those paper doll fashion books that I can’t stand to part with. The visual arts are what make the world more pleasing and therefore pleasurable… make the hard things in life just a little bit more bearable. Fashion, to me, is another lovely creative venue of the visual arts that are not only an expression of the current time and culture, but just plain makes you feel better… and how can that be bad?

From My 35 Words: Fashion

Fashion...Marvelous! Wonderful!

My 35 Words: 3″x5″ illustration of the word: Fashion. Media: marker, collage, colored pencil.

“It’s not how you feel; it’s how you look…and dahling, you look marvelous!”

Billy Crystal, Saturday Night Live

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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