To Dress or Not to Dress

One of the questions asked to many of you when interviewed was ‘Why Fashion? Why do you want to come to Fashion High?’

I know I made it a point to ask because your answers would ultimately reveal your true desires and feelings about Fashion. And I received many different answers but I can honestly say that your enthusiasm as you responded spoke volumes:

  • ‘I love how what you wear, says a lot about you without you having to say a word.’ – said a shy young eighth grader from Brooklyn.
  • ‘I love how when I dress into something pretty, it changes my whole mood and I instantly feel good about myself.’ – answered a very candid young lady from the Bronx.
  • ‘I want to become the next hottest designer out there. Have my name in everybody’s closet.’ replied a very direct and confident young ninth grader from Queens.

Fashion is all of these things, from a form of expression to some, to a stimulus for others and even the destiny for those with the talent and unrelenting drive.

It is my honest wish that ALL of you obtain success with whatever it is you believe to be your future.

And for that successful future you must dress the part.

“Dress how you want to be addressed.”
Bianca Frazier

When you begin to understand that what you wear is influential, then your choices as to what to wear takes on a whole new perspective.

Reflect upon everything you own, every article of clothing that you wear and when you wear them.

  • What is the message that you are conveying?
  • What do you believe your clothes say about you?

Fashion is indeed powerful. This power is recognized by so many in today’s society, from the many reality shows that feature it, to the many artists that enjoy mentioning designer names in their songs, like the recent Jay-Z homage to Tom Ford. Who’s Tom Ford? Research!

“Dressing well is a kind of good manners, if you ask me. When you’re standing in a room, your effect is the same as a chair’s effect, or a sculpture’s. You’re part of someone’s view, you’re part of that world, and so you should dress well. I find it’s a show of respect to try to put on your best face and look as good as you can.”
Tom Ford

Many designers have a say on the importance of dressing well.

“There is a real vulgarity in the way women dress at the moment. They show off too much and try too hard. They don’t understand where the line is between sexy and vulgar. I know where that line is.” – Roberto Cavalli

And not just designers but movie icons as well.

“Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” – Marilyn Monroe

I believe she said it best.

At Fashion High we strive to maintain a highly motivating learning environment that has education as its primary focus and halt unbecoming fashion as a distraction, all without discouraging our students need to express themselves with their sartorial talents, after all this IS Fashion High!



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