Why does fashion seek to glamorise poverty? Why is poverty seen as Avant-Garde?

I recently came across these images from Magazine Antidote that have captured models in a poverty scene.


Some define Avant Garde as unfinished fashion. When looking at the homeless they are unable to mix and match their clothing to the fashion that is in at that particular time, it is anything they can get their hands on. Looking at these images myself as an everyday consumer makes me feel as if anything is accessible and acceptable to everyday society. Nothing needs to be matched anymore for society to call it “fashionable”


Curiosity and creativity go hand in hand. A desire to try new fashion statements is upon us. Breaking some rules is not a crime. Avant-Garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The Avant-Garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct as postmodernism.

Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so such as Viktor & Rolf – using humour to critique pretensions of Haute Couture. Martin Margiela – recycling of old garments.

These artists seem to be going against what is accepted as the “right way” of fashion. I personally think that fashion is what you make it now days. When looking at poverty, they get their hands on whatever they can and make it fashionable in their own eyes.

When the paparazzi seem to capture celebrities in their everyday attire, they seem to criticise what clothing items they have chosen to wear…why?


There isn’t a handbook on what you can and can’t wear depending on who you are, we’re all human and we can choose to wear whatever we like even though some are forced to wear whatever is accessible to them but now days that seems to noticed a lot more which I think it is acceptable.