I’m not in fashion to show up for anyone. Fashion to me is fickle. The creative industry breaks boundaries yet there’s a certain superficiality which doesn’t sit well with me. I perceive fashion as a fusion of society, culture, politics and art. It’s a unique art form reflecting the identity of our time. Thoughtful fashion is important and a definitive staple of my wardrobe. I spend a lot of time meditating, thinking alone, writing, curating an editorial platform, studying biomedicine and helping people of the streets come off drugs and get rehabilitation, fashion can only fit into my perception for good if I stand to make a change. Creativity has the power for change, creative thinking takes you beyond what is currently known, it allows you to see the world from different standpoints simultaneously. Be playful. Suspend judgment. At the moment, Fashion is a little redundant, stagnant, I question how we can make fashion as intriguing and mysterious as sex. The psychology behind the clothes we wear interests me the most, from chain to prison wear, how do people change their perception of themselves by addressing their identity through clothing?
Hi, I’m Yasmin and I’m your secretary for the upcoming year! My visions for the society include integration, innovation and inclusivity. Considering LSE is one of most diverse universities in the world, I hope to increase the integration of the fashion society with different societies in the SU to celebrate and showcase our various cultures. I would love to deepen this further to include the cultural societies in showcasing their traditional dress, art or makeup. Secondly, I want to see more students featured on social media/ the newsletters to bring fashion to the student level on campus. Lastly I want the society to be a community where newcomers don’t feel as though they have to ‘textbook fashionable’ or own designer things in order to join. I mean half of us wear ‘sports chic’ (aka workout wear when you’re not working out) on the daily... I can’t wait to meet everyone and make this year’s fashion society a memorable one!
I’m interested in fashion because it is one of the purest expressions of culture and self. The ease in which we adopt styles from different sources – it’s a peaceful sharing between people to create a whole new culture. There are hardly any rules to it, it’s organic, it can be whatever you feel like you want it to be.
I grew up with a very fashion-conscious mother and regularly read publications such as Teen Vogue and i-D, so fashion is something I’ve always been interested in. I particularly love to see how fashion moves in tandem with art and music movements – from Bauhaus to mods and rockers to hip-hop – and how these trends can both change and return to mainstream fashion over the decades.
To me, fashion is interesting because it is both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. Whatever you choose to wear, you give something away about yourself (even if you wear nothing?!) But what usually we perceive as fashion is a conscious effort to express yourself. And this is not about finding the colours that suit you skin tone, the cuts that flatter your figure, or the perfect combination of designer accessories and clothes you can actually afford. To me, fashion is a lot more. It’s a way to be confident, or sometimes shy, because you can decide how to portray yourself. At LSE, where often conversations drift into the spheres of politics, philosophy or similarly light-hearted topics quicker than you can even look, we need this place to exchange with those that are passionate about the same things as us. Fashion is art, and art is not rational, and that is what makes this society such a great balance to the brainwork of university.
Fashion is an important part of my self-expression. I dress according to my mood on the day and I love to experiment, so it’s really hard to describe. I like to style my outfit around one bold piece and keep the rest simple.
In many ways, fashion said what I couldn’t. It was bold. It was political. It was unapologetic. However, my interest soon grew from a means of self-expression to an admiration for the artistic statements made by different fashion movements, be it grunge or minimalist, skinhead or hippie. My own personal style developed from my love of classic street looks, but with a distinct Asian influence, a reference to my own background, growing up in India. Styles often stand declarative of our beliefs and values, an assertion of identity. Fashion is its own art form, reflective of who we are and who we want to be.