fashion

[fash-uhn]
noun
1.
a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses.
2.
conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it: the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion.
3.
manner; way; mode: in a warlike fashion.
4.
the make or form of anything: He liked the fashion of the simple, sturdy furniture.
5.
a kind; sort: All fashions of people make up the world.
6.
Obsolete, workmanship.
7.
Obsolete. act or process of making.
verb (used with object)
8.
to give a particular shape or form to; make: The cavemen fashioned tools from stones.
9.
to accommodate; adjust; adapt: doctrines fashioned to the varying hour.
10.
Shipbuilding. to bend (a plate) without preheating.
11.
Obsolete. to contrive; manage.
Idioms
12.
after/in a fashion, in some manner or other or to some extent; in a makeshift, unskillful, or unsatisfactory way: He's an artist after a fashion.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English facioun shape, manner < Anglo-French faço(u)n, façun, Old French faceon < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company. See faction

fashionless, adjective
antifashion, noun, adjective
misfashion, noun
misfashioned, adjective
prefashion, verb (used with object), noun
prefashioned, adjective
refashion, verb (used with object)
transfashion, noun
unfashioned, adjective
well-fashioned, adjective


1. mode; fad, rage, craze. Fashion, style, vogue imply popularity or widespread acceptance of manners, customs, dress, etc. Fashion is that which characterizes or distinguishes the habits, manners, dress, etc., of a period or group: the fashions of the 18th century. Style is sometimes the equivalent of fashion but also denotes conformance to a prevalent standard: to be in style; a chair in the Queen Anne style. Vogue suggests the temporary popularity of certain fashions: this year's vogue in popular music. 4. shape, cut, pattern, figure. 8. frame, construct, mold. 9. suit, fit.
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fashion (ˈfæʃən)
 
n
1.  a.  style in clothes, cosmetics, behaviour, etc, esp the latest or most admired style
 b.  (as modifier): a fashion magazine
2.  (modifier) (esp of accessories) designed to be in the current fashion, but not necessarily to last
3.  a.  manner of performance; mode; way: in a striking fashion
 b.  (in combination): crab-fashion
4.  a way of life that revolves around the activities, dress, interests, etc, that are most fashionable
5.  shape, appearance, or form
6.  sort; kind; type
7.  after a fashion, in a fashion
 a.  in some manner, but not very well: I mended it, after a fashion
 b.  of a low order; of a sort: he is a poet, after a fashion
8.  after the fashion of like; similar to
9.  of fashion of high social standing
 
vb
10.  to give a particular form to
11.  to make suitable or fitting
12.  obsolete to contrive; manage
 
[C13 facioun form, manner, from Old French faceon, from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make]
 
'fashioner
 
n

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fashion
c.1300, "shape, manner, mode," from O.Fr. façon, from L. factionem (nom. factio) "group of people acting together," lit. "a making or doing," from facere "to make" (see factitious). Sense of "prevailing custom" is from late 15c.; that of "style of attire" is from
1520s. The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Fashioned; fashioning.
"To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable." [Eugenia Sheppard, "New York Herald Tribune," Jan. 13, 1960]
Fashion plate (1851) originally was "full-page picture in a popular magazine showing the prevailing or latest style of dress," in ref. to the "plate" from which it was printed. Transf. sense of "well-dressed person" had emerged by 1920s.
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Idioms & Phrases

fashion

see after a fashion; in fashion.

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fashion

A recurrent theme in 2007 was "fast fashion"-that is, inexpensive mass-produced variations of current designer merchandise, described by Women's Wear Daily (WWD) as "adulterated versions of things that have preceded them." In March actress Drew Barrymore appeared in advertisements promoting Gold, a 35-piece collection produced for international New Look stores by Giles Deacon, Britain's Designer of the Year. The affordable dresses, jeans, T-shirts, shoes, handbags, sunglasses, bangles, and earrings translated Deacon's dressed-up, glossy glamour into a more casual idiom. A month later Gap launched Gap Design Editions, a collection of inventive white shirts for women, created by cutting-edge American designers, including Doo-Ri Chung, Thakoon Panichgul, and Rodarte; in the autumn Gap premiered a limited-edition shoe collection that featured timely pointy-toed flats and high-heeled platform winter sandals by Pierre Hardy, the Paris designer famed for his unusual luxury footwear for Balenciaga. In November Roberto Cavalli lent his decadent, exotic touch to a collection of men's and women's party wear and women's lingerie for Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz; it was distributed in about 200 of H&M's 1,420 worldwide stores.

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Example sentences
Fashion and computer students collaborate to create a virtual runway.
There is a now a strong current of retro fashion in car design.
Fashion is highly perishable, quickly influenced by the latest thing seen on
  the catwalk or on the back of a celebrity.
It was one thing to use color on a fashion model or a sunset.
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