Wednesday, September 26The Voice of London

Prostitution: How It Influences Mainstream Fashion And You

Fashion designers can obtain inspiration from almost anywhere, the weirder the better. And needless to say, catwalk trends are massively watered down for high street buyers; but I bet you didn’t know that a lot of mainstream trends originate from the oldest job in the world? Yes, prostitution.

Words: Michelle Whitney, Subeditor: Aktolkyn Auyen

So, how have we come to the realisation that prostitution influences our everyday fashion?

Amsterdam, and the very awkward, but very fascinating and informative sex museum.

Shapely corset 9Source: Michelle Whitney)
Shapely corset and a bralet in the Sex Museum
(Source: Michelle Whitney)

Even from this sexy example we see similarities with current fashion trends, curves are heavily accentuated and that was big in the past (Marilyn Monroe); nowadays we have the likes of Kim Kardashian flaunting her lady lumps.

The bralet was one of the biggest trends in 2015 (Source: Instagram)
The bralet was one of the biggest trends in 2015 (Source: Instagram)

We also wear corsets now as tops. Which shows modern progression, as this would have been socially unacceptable in the past. Does it really show progression though? Is exploiting yourself really giving a sense of freedom and self-expression? I think we’re going backwards. We have become in recent years, de-sensitized to sexualisation but that doesn’t mean you can’t think for yourself. If someone said to you that you dressed like a whore, you would be offended, correct? But actually it’s a pretty accurate statement (obviously referring to stereotypes). As strong independent women we don’t need to exploit ourselves constantly, especially in what is such an intrusive world anyway. I want young girls to realise this.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging prostitutes, or wanting to dress sexily. Just that there’s a general trend towards getting more and more naked; and unfortunately this does send out certain connotations about you. Whether it’s correct or not, whether its justified or not, it’s the truth. We need to inspire each other, and show that you can still look sexy without being OTT.