Why Fashion Matters to Ian, News Editor

A tribute to self-expression.


We all have a different way of escaping reality. Every so often, when our generally taxing daily routines become excessive, we need something to dream about, something to inspire us. Some people unwind with music, others with books, but I have come along to build an intimate relationship with fashion. It is irreplaceable in my life and is my way of being expressive and true to myself.

Here’s a story.  In the fall of 2012, on a gloomy November night, a confused teenage boy (me) who was not quite sure of what his motivation in life was, was research online for school. It appeared to be just like any other regular evening - chilly and dull.  Unexpectedly, I found himself Googling the word Vogue for an unknown reason, and a photoshoot from their 120-year anniversary issue styled by Grace Coddington came up. That moment was a turning point in my life. It was the epiphany I had been looking for. Fashion, an esoteric concept that once meant nothing to me, became coherent and straightforward in a matter of minutes. The dresses, the ruffles, the fil coupĂ©, the sparkles, the lighting, the hair, the makeup, everything abruptly made sense. Maybe this all sounds hyperbolical, but truthfully, that is what I felt, and from that moment I knew I wanted more. 



Since that night, the way I look at fashion is crystal clear. I believe it is one of best ways to express oneself and convey your perspective visually. Fashion has given me a voice, and showed me that we all have the ability to discover and share our own individuality. Experimenting sartorially may frighten others, but it makes me feel comfortable in my own skin.

Some of my best life experiences have happened thanks to fashion, including developing new skills and making long-lasting friendships. Through fashion I have found a sense of belonging; it is a safe place where I feel understood. That includes being part of an impressive team like Couturesque, and managing to make strong connections with the thousands of young creatives who read my work on this site. Fashion makes me feel at home.

 

However, the part that makes me love fashion that I am the most passionate about is the fantastical nature of the art form. Remember what I mentioned before about escaping our daily lives? Fashion is a place where dreams collide with reality. Clothes are able to tell stories, whether as a whole collection on the runway, or reimagined for editorial purposes.

In brief, I think fashion is expression, a never-ending fantasy that diffuses our dreams into our reality that makes me feel passionate about life.



Main Image c/o Elle Dhanani for Couturesque 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
WHO: Ian Cavazos, News Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Monterrey, Mexico 
OBSESSED WITH: Bomber jackets (can't stop the addiction) 
LISTENING TO: Fast Car - Jonas Blue ft. Dakota
CAN BE FOUND AT: @iancavazos

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

xo,
Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief