I admit it. I love it. It does matter. For a long time, I could not utter those words in reference to fashion in the academic world where I work. So, the articles in the NY Times in preparation for fashion week struck a chord with me. They correspond with one of my purposes for starting this blog. One person is quoted as saying that in academia, fashion is “very much denigrated.” She goes further saying, “The academic uniform has some variations but basically is intended to make you look like you’re not paying attention to fashion, and not vain, and not interested in it, God forbid.” This has been my experience.
I have begun to acknowledge that my style is crucial to my cultural identity. And as NY Times writer, Guy Trebay, rightly observes, “Clothes are ideas.” Agreed. Thus, fashion (and this blog) provide me with ways of thinking about the world.