Was Fashion Better When It Was Elitist?

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Raf Simons left Christian Dior as creative director in October, after his final mesmerizing spring/summer 2016 show in Paris. In an in-depth interview with esteemed fashion writer Cathy Horn for System magazine, Raf reveals his intense creative process, reasons for departing the French fashion house, as well as his coming to terms with an increasingly fast-paced industry. At the center of the tell-all, Raf asks this most interesting question: Was fashion "better" when less people had access to it? He explains:

"Fashion became pop. I can't make up my mind if that's a good or a bad thing. The only thing I know is that it used to be elitist. And I don't know if one should be ashamed or not to admit that maybe it was nicer when it was more elitist, not for everybody. Now high fashion is for everybody."

Christian Dior : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015/2016First, let's start off by pointing out that couture is definitely not accessible to most people around the globe. Sure, we stare at it from afar (at work, on our computer screens, scrolling through Snapchat), but high fashion is not usually part of our everyday lives unless we are Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner or any other of the young fashion folk rising up the ranks. Not only talking about the occasions when high fashion is appropriate, let alone the hefty price tag most people aren't able to pull off, if "everybody" is the stars walking Hollywood red carpets and performing on stage across the country, respectively, Raf is a little misguided.Christian Dior : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016Second, as any art does, it comes in different forms. As Raf references "pop," it can only be assumed he means fashion for the masses. Is it such a bad thing to give people some outlet of creative expression, especially through a medium (getting dressed) that everyone (basically) has to take part in on a daily basis?Christian Dior : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016If fashion is an art form, and art is one of most fulfilling pleasures in life, it's safe to say everyone should be able to experience it one way or another.

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