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Breaking away from the department stores

In the 1960s, fashion designers started to break away from hosting a catwalk show in department stores and salons. Balmain presented a 1965 collection in a wine cellar, and Piere Cardin held a show outdoors next to the Seine in Paris.

Once we headed into the nineties, the fashion show got bigger and cost millions to stage. But the visual spectacle didn't really add to the basic concept of the fashion show. The shows were mostly happening behind closed doors for fashion editors, buyers, celebrities and private clients.

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Fashion shows have always been about creating visibility and exposure for a designer's collection with the end goal of selling clothes. Technology placed fashion weeks within reach of everyone and changed it into a pop-culture phenomenon. As the fashion influencer emerged, the street style followed.

The rise of social media also led to brands choosing to livestream their shows to all. The change has expanded over the last year, causing designers to embrace a digital format over gatherings.

When the dressmaker and client relationship changed

English designer Charles Frederick Worth seems to be the first fashion designer that used models. From the mid-1860s, the house was hiring young women.

This development changed the relationship between the dressmaker and the client. Instead of the designer coming to the customer, the designer gave a simple presentation to clients.

The first catwalk

In 1901, Lady Duff Gordon presented her 'Gowns of Emotion' using models on a stage with scenery, lighting and music, while their entrances were choreographed with poses. This innovation introduced the idea of showing fashion to a larger audience.

The traditional catwalk took place in department stores where large spaces were available. These presentations for middle-class shoppers were vital in validating the fashionable styles set by designers.

With social media being the better platform, many designers embraced the creative challenge this presented. They showcase their collections via fashion films or shoots and find other inventive ways to draw audiences.

The designers who had the most success on social media were those who scaled back the least. The pandemic has allowed time to reflect on the sustainability and role of the fashion industry.

Tony Jannus was an experienced test pilot for military planes and flew long-distance airplanes and airboats. By 1913, he became one of the principal stockholders in the Benoist Aircraft Company.

A Model 14 Benoist airboat weighed 1,250 lbs. (567 kilograms). It was 26 feet (8 meters) long and had a wingspan of 44 feet (13 m). The top speed of the airplane was 64 mph (103 km/h). The plane was built for one pilot and one passenger side-by-side on one wooden seat.

  • The airline made two flights daily, six days a week. The tickets sold out 16 weeks in advance.
  • Then a second Benoist airboat was added with Tony Jannus' brother, Roger, as the pilot. The airline operated for almost four months before interest declined rapidly because winter residents went back north.
  • The brothers continued to perform tests of aircraft and trained other pilots. Both brothers died while flying - Tony's plane crashed into the Black Sea in 1916 while training Russian pilots, and Roger crashed during air patrols over France in 1918.
The first scheduled passenger flight

The first scheduled passenger airline service took off on Jan 1, 1914. Thomas Benoist designed the "flying boat", the pilot was Tony Jannus, and Abram C. Pheil was the first paying passenger.

The 21-mile (34-kilometre) flight took 23 minutes, flying from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Fla. The plane flew no higher than 50 feet (15.2 m) over the water. Halfway, the engine misfired, and Jannus touched down in the bay, made adjustments and took off again. When the plane landed, they were swarmed by a cheering crowd of about 3,500.

The Advancement of Technology in the Labor Division

The World Economic Forum released a report that gave an estimate of 85 million jobs will be displaced by the year 2025, between humans and machines. However, this is not to scare us.

Thanks to the advances in technology many business processes are able to be conducted with the less marginal error or human error. Varying industries now use chatbots that have NLP (Natural Language Processing) while others use RPA (Robotic Process Automation).

  1. Find out what you are interested in and do some research.
  2. Follow people who are in roles you are interested in and try to connect with them after you've studied their work
  3. Master the skills needed in the industry you are interested in and add them to your resume.
  4. Keep learning and adapting to the times.
  5. Find out your strengths and the uniqueness in you.
The Two Reasons Behind Why Robots Won't Steal Your Job
  1. Computers are being trained to conduct highly-repetitive tasks. This then fosters a work environment that will place more focus on complex tasks for those with competitive salaries and widen the range of interesting careers.
  2. The competitive disadvantage will disappear. New roles will be offered and provided to those who want to enter the workforce. Younger workers are then more likely to be pioneers instead of trying to compete with their seniors.
Jobs Of Tomorrow

As technologies advance, products and services are only being driven sky-high. The demand for new jobs in the industries under care economy and green economy presents great opportunities to fall under the umbrellas of:

  • Cloud computing
  • Marketing
  • Content Production
  • People and Culture
  • Data and AI
  • Product Development
  • Engineering; and
  • Sales.
Being Better Than Yesterday

Accepting reality is hard, but it's important to acknowledge and accept who we are and where we are in life.

While we try to get in shape, be better organized or more productive, we get overwhelmed with the sheer number of things that must be done, as there is so much to be done at all times. We end up competing with others and with our younger self, and fail to realize that we just have to be a better person than we were yesterday.

If we have to master the domains of money, health, career, and relationships, we have to start from where we are.

  1. Take care of yourself with a good diet, regular exercise, and being stress-free.
  2. Take stock of the situation, performing an inventory covering your current financial situation.
  3. Know where you want to go, how you want to improve your financial life. Having a reason for the change, a personal mission statement, or internal motivation, helps move in that direction.
  1. Restructure your life by pressing the reset button. Analyze your money flow and find out the leakages. It even makes sense to move to a cheaper home, locality or city.
  2. Do not compare yourself with others as you are comparing your internal worst with their external best. Everything is relative and statistical comparisons are even worse.
  3. Keep things simple, doable and short.
  4. Seek support or mentorship from friends and colleagues.

You can take steps now to influence your future emotional experiences.

Knowing your real emotion can provide a deeper understanding of the situation you are in, such as reframing your unhappiness, so it no longer feels so all-consuming. You may also reconsider the source of your discomfort. Eventually, you may be able to categorise a situation with precision.

Charles Darwin popularized the theory of emotional fingerprints - that each emotion creates a specific combination of facial expression, body language, and other physiological cues such as a heart rate.

But recently detailed analyses suggest there is no such thing. Each emotion is represented by a whole range of reactions. The way we interpret our body's signals, such as excited or anxious, depends entirely on the context of the situation and can be easily framed by our expectations.

Our feelings can surprise us

Although we think that we know how we feel, the sensations of anger, anxiety, hunger, or illness are more alike than we realize.

We may sometimes misinterpret those signals with grave consequences. But there are some practical ways to gain control of our feelings.

We learn interpretations from others. Your familiar emotion concepts come from your particular social context - your parents, friends, TV, and books, and your own past life experiences.

Other cultures will connect different kinds of meaning from the same sensory input. Utka Eskimos appear to have no clearly defined concept of anger, and Tahitians seem not to share our concept of sadness.

  • For example, a churning stomach and flushed face can feel like you're in love in a romantic setting but will be interpreted as 'feeling ill' if you are in bed with a thermometer in your mouth.
  • A stomach ache might signal a gut infection, or it might feel like homesickness if you are away from your family.
  • A rushing heartbeat could be interpreted as excitement when you're on a rollercoaster, acute anxiety if you're giving a speech, or simply that you've drunk too much coffee.

States like hunger, fatigue, or illness produce the same signals as emotions like anger, anxiety, or sadness. This shows the importance of looking after your body as a way to stabilise your mood.

  • A healthy diet and regular exercise can regulate your mood.
  • Mindfulness meditation can encourage you to observe and deconstruct your bodily signals.
  • A good emotion vocabulary is useful. Instead of describing yourself as 'happy', you may discern if you are 'blissful' or 'inspired'. Reading or watching films can increase your emotion vocabulary.

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