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Non-Western Influences on Modern Design Fashion

Non-western means a series of no west relations. In fashion non-western implies that dressing code in various geographical areas is different and there are no similarities. The fashion of different cultural groups is shaped by taxonomy, textile history, cultural heritage and the national identity. The fashion notion and historiography are used to show the potential of fashion which is used as a communicating vessel geographically (Niessen, 2003). This means that fashion is able to communicate by telling the stories, the ethnicity shared by the culture. Fashion can also be used to track stories of both the western and the nonwestern across the fashion heritage such as across Europe, India, and china. Since the 19th century to date on, western fashion has found its way to the global fashion market as many people have identified themselves with the dressing as well as civilization ((Ward, 2015).

The Asian fashion has stood out for many years up to date. The western influence on fashion seems to have a very small and insignificant influence on the Asian fashion. Cambodia fashion in Asia is surprisingly the first major producer of the western fashion products. Cambodia mainly consists of a youthful group that had its interest in the global fashion industry and different scholars who shared the same vision (Niessen, 2003). The Cambodian youth desired in fashion because they have an experience with the western fashion products as they were factory workers. They were also young during this time when they worked in the fashion industry and they were in the process of establishing their own identity that they could relate to so that it could play a dominant role in their own culture.

The Cambodian was exposed to the western styles as they exchanged with thousands of tourists that came to visit Angkor Wat where many people visited. In the fashion scene, Cambodian will remain to be a fashion periphery despite the many revolutions in the fashion industries (Niessen, 2003). The Cambodian fashion has a chance of standing out and remaining relevant in Korea despite the cheap street styled versions. As a way of making it more relevant Cambodian has continued to make their products that are Asian-inspired western styles in many shops s available though it is limited to by the fact that they are only available handful upscale boutiques. Their elegance stands out a fact that makes other identify with the Asian fashion as it has been there since time in memorial and seems to be strong enough not to be affected by the western culture that is sweeping every other single fashion away (Niessen, 2003).







Cambodian is seen to remain strong in the foreseeable future as the greatest producer of Asian fashion in the textile tradition. Its future is highly promised by the growing number of middle case, the increasing numbers of tourists who have redefined taste and the appreciation of global textile aficionados which is as a result of exclusivity and high quality. The textile was made from yellow silk which offers a shinier and a softer touch that the westerns were more familiar with (Yu, 2001). A sari is an identifier in the Asian community from the past till in the present which despite the changing world it has remained to be a powerful drape which can be noted to be a symbolic indicator of the Indians progressive nature (Ward, 2015).





Niessen, S. (2003). Re-orienting fashion: The globalization of Asian dress. Oxford [u.a.: Berg.

Ward, T. (2015). Beholder of the beauty. Retrieved from

Yu, H. L., Kim, C., Lee, J., & Hong, N. (2001). An analysis of modern fashion designs as influenced by Asian ethnic dress. International Journal Of Consumer Studies, 25(4), 309-321. doi:10.1046/j.1470-6431.2001.00200.x

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