Please don’t eat your shorts

By BenitaZepeda

I will admit it. I am not one who follows or really cares about high-end fashion. I also don’t understand most of it. This isn’t saying I don’t care about how I dress or what I look like, but I don’t feel the need to spend $400 on a purse or $500 on jeans.

Fashion, to me, can be quite ridiculous. Many of the photos spotted in glossy magazine spreads are things I never see people wearing—and I live in the Gold Coast where clothing boutiques thrive among the upper-class community. But just when I thought the runway couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it did.

The meat dress Lady Gaga wore at the MTV Video Music Awards—which I mentioned in my previous column—created quite a stir for Halloween and clothing made of food has started to surface. But this trend of creating outfits made out of food isn’t something new. Browsing through various blogs online, I found photos of some clothing made out of artichoke hearts, pieces of bread and pasta. Come on, everyday people won’t wear these.

But then again, people like Gaga get away with it. Will food clothing turn into another way of proving how wealthy one is? Will people be walking down Michigan Avenue, scoffing at the middle class because their clothing isn’t edible?

What I do understand about this trend is its main purpose of artistic expression. People spend countless hours perfecting their crafts and making designs they can be proud of. Just as illustrators, musicians and writers have an artistic vision, so do designers. But what is keeping me from enjoying this art form are the less sensible people who hold designs such as these as fashion necessities.

Fashion shifts from art to function, but the functionality of several clothing designs, like pants made out of waffles (yes, they exist) aren’t realistic. What happened to the time when edible clothing was limited to the tacky and risqué garments meant for the bedroom?

I personally don’t want to wear food as clothing at any time, even if I am making a six-figure salary and have nothing better to spend my money on. However, I will take the time to give kudos to the designers who create these garments out of food. They are quite impressive. I just wish people would stop holding unrealistic fashion on a high pedestal. Respect it as an art form, not a way to define class.