Partie 4 : Réalités économiques

Chapitre 35 : Fashion

Being trendy, page 76

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a fashion house
a fashion designer
it’s in/it’s out
a craze, a fad
the latest fashion
fashionable, hot, trendy
unfashionable, old-fashioned
to pitch a product
an iconic trademark
a model
a catwalk
a fashion show
to be a hipster

Short shorts were the latest craze for girls that year.

Haute couture is the business of making expensive clothes, made from high quality fabric, sewn with extreme attention to detail.

Style, page 76

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designer clothes
an outfit
a maker’s label
made to measure
second-hand clothes
casual, informal
loose, baggy
tight, close-fitting
ostentatious, gaudy
showy, flashy
to dress up
to fit
to suit
a fitting room

People say that you can wear anything you like when you have a good figure. That’s why there are many clothes you can’t wear if your figure doesn’t conform to fashion norms. The phrase “fashion victims” can sometimes be taken literally.

That shirt suits you but it doesn’t match those trousers.

Food for thought, page 77

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When we see models on catwalks the word “anorexia” instantly comes to mind. The fashion industry is often blamed for encouraging even thin models to lose weight, so that they can fit into size zero outfits. It’s well known that many models develop fears of putting on weight and therefore of losing their jobs. Anorexic models are very likely to develop a variety of health problems, leading to depression and even death.

Some former models speak out against the fashion industry’s encouragement of unhealthily thin models and its influence on teenagers who may identify with them, and who may equate beauty with skinniness and with happiness. The number of girls – about 90% of people with anorexia are women – who starve themselves is amazing.

Things may be improving, though, as when fashion leaders require a minimum mass index for models, or when magazine editors decide not to feature models who appear unhealthily thin in the publications.