Adults|Spoken|Intermediate|10. Fashion

Describe the pictures. What do you think of catwalk fashion? Would you wear the same clothes as these models?

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Discuss the questions

  1. What fashion brands do you know?
  2. How much time and money do you usually spend on clothes?
  3. Do you have any clothes from fashion brands? Is fashion brand important for you?
  4. Are you a fashion victim?
  5. How does fashion affect our lives?

Read the article. Match each of the summaries below to one of the paragraphs in the article

a catwalk — the long, narrow stage that models walk along in a fashion show.

self-indulgent — allowing yourself to have or do anything that you enjoy.


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Fashion! — What’s the point?

1. Bjork is on the catwalk. Her skirt is made of bright red ostrich feathers. The 2,000 shiny red glass beads attached to her top ring like little bells. She sounds like a one-person bell orchestra. And the beads are not just ordinary beads. They are specially-ordered microscope slides, each individually hand-drilled and individually painted red. Extraordinary? Yes. Radical? Yes. But what’s the point?

2. Most people are happy with a T-shirt and jeans, a shirt and a pair of chinos. Even business executives dress down these days. Clothes are casual: easy to wear, easy to care for. Whereas the dress, that Bjork wore, designed by Alexander McQueen, took over a month to make and is one of only two in existence. The other is in an exhibition in a museum in London. Though, frankly, who else would want one?

3. For many people extreme fashion is just self-indulgence on the part of the designers. They are attention seekers, they make headlines, but they don’t sell clothes. But for the designers themselves, fashion is a way of airing ideas, of making a statement. The clothes they design are intended to provoke and challenge the way we live, think and are. Closer to conceptual art and less to do with the clothes industry, perhaps.



Fashion! — What’s the point?

1. Bjork is on the catwalk. Her skirt is made of bright red ostrich feathers. The 2,000 shiny red glass beads attached to her top ring like little bells. She sounds like a one-person bell orchestra. And the beads are not just ordinary beads. They are specially-ordered microscope slides, each individually hand-drilled and individually painted red. Extraordinary? Yes. Radical? Yes. But what’s the point?

2. Most people are happy with a T-shirt and jeans, a shirt and a pair of chinos. Even business executives dress down these days. Clothes are casual: easy to wear, easy to care for. Whereas the dress, that Bjork wore, designed by Alexander McQueen, took over a month to make and is one of only two in existence. The other is in an exhibition in a museum in London. Though, frankly, who else would want one?

3. For many people extreme fashion is just self-indulgence on the part of the designers. They are attention seekers, they make headlines, but they don’t sell clothes. But for the designers themselves, fashion is a way of airing ideas, of making a statement. The clothes they design are intended to provoke and challenge the way we live, think and are. Closer to conceptual art and less to do with the clothes industry, perhaps.


Read the article again and answer the questions

  1. What is Bjork’s skirt made of?
  2. What is Bjork’s top made of?
  3. What do most people like to wear these days?
  4. How do many business executives dress these days?
  5. How many dresses have been made like the one Bjork is wearing?
  6. How many people does the writer think would like a dress like Bjork’s?
  7. How do many people feel about fashion designers?
  8. How do fashion designers see their work?

Choose your reactions to these questions and explain them

Click on the word in each of the boxes which is not a natural collocation

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Complete the sentences below with the correct form of a word or expression from the boxes

Match the words to the pictures


Do the quiz and find out which style is best for you

What’s your fashion style?

Look at the main cover line of a fashion magazine. Which of the idioms is about being well dressed? Match the idioms below to the definitions.

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💡Use 🔗Page marker to complete the task

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Answer the questions

  1. Which of your friends/relatives/acquaintances is usually dressed to kill?
  2. Which of your friends/relatives/acquaintances is a fashion victim?
  3. Which of your friends/relatives/acquaintances is usually dressed to the nines?
  4. Which of your clothes items cost you an arm and a leg?
  5. Which of your clothes items is cheap and cheerful?
  6. Do you agree that clothes make the man?

Watch the video about British fashion. Order the word combinations as you hear them

Camden Town often shortened to Camden is an inner city district of northwest London, 2.4 miles (3.9 km) north of the centre of London. It is a world-renowned place to shop for alternative clothing. Carmen goes there to find out more about its history and what’s fashionable now.

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Camden Market is made up of many different markets. The first market was called Camden Lock because it was next to the canal. It first opened in 1972 and is now one of the largest markets in the UK.
Half a million people visit Camden market each week. And with hundreds of stalls, there’s something for everyone. But Camden is best known for fashion and famous for punk.
Everyone knows what punk fashion is but 30 years ago it didn’t even exist. Clothes like this seem quite normal now. In the 1970’s it shocked many people because it had never been seen before.
Punks were young people who were anti-government, anti-popular music and anti-fashion.
Punk music was loud, wild and about breaking all the rules. Punk style was the same. Punks created their own cheap fashion with torn clothes, safety pins and spiky hair. Punk fashion is still here today and it’s still about rejecting ordinary fashion and standing out, but there are lots of ways of looking different.
Camden isn’t the only place for fashion. London Fashion Week, held twice a year, is a great place to see clothes by British designers and the latest new fashion trends.
British fashion is very important; creatively, it’s very important all around the world. Lots of the kind of fashion trends that you and I end up wearing started out on the catwalks in London.
British fashion is different from the fashion that comes from different countries around the world.
Often the shape of the clothes is a bit more aggressive — maybe a bit sharper and we try to come up with looks that are a bit more imaginative so possibly they’re less wearable, less classic clothing, but always very exciting.
Back in Camden there are still many other fashion trends. People mix different ideas and create new looks. Another style that really stands out is Cyber-Goth. So this is one of Europe’s biggest Cyber-Goth shops. What’s a Cyber-Goth? Take a look at
these.

Carmen | Jack

Carmen: So Jack, what exactly is a Cyber-Goth?
Jack: A Cyber-Goth is someone that doesn’t think about what other people think about them. And it’s someone with a very strong fashion sense. It’s kind of a mixture of varied stuff; like punk, Goth and American surfing scene.
Carmen: So, talk me through the influences of your look, the hair?
Jack: Well, my hair is a really, really lovely creation I think. It takes everything from the punk style like colourful stuff — really standing out.
Carmen: The t-shirt?
Jack: My t-shirt is a Cyber-Goth futuristic style. It’s an exo-tubes top — which means like, it shows the inside of my body.
Carmen: The trousers?
Jack: I really like the American surfing scene — I’m really into that. So I wanted something to remind me of that so I chose these really, really baggy trousers.
Carmen: And finally the belt?
Jack: Twenty-first century.

So punk maybe thirty years old but here in Camden it’s constantly evolving in the twenty first century.



Express your opinion on the statements below. Explain your choice. Give some relevant examples

Read the questions

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  1. Are fashion trends difficult to follow these days?
  2. Do fashion trends exist just to sell clothes?
  3. Do we have to follow fashion trends?
  4. Is it better to dress in what we like?
  5. Is it more important to feel comfortable in clothes rather than to look fashionable?

Write the essay about fashion trends. Use the questions as a plan

Instructions

  1. Read the topic and the questions attentively.
  2. Plan what you are going to write about.
  3. Write the text according to your plan.
  4. Check your essay before sending it for assessment.
  5. Learn the rules and see the sample 🔗here.
  6. Please use 🔗Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.

Fashion trends are difficult to follow these days and it’s widely believed that they exist primarily to sell clothes. Some people believe that we shouldn’t follow them and that we should dress in what we like and feel comfortable in.

Useful language

  • to be dressed to kill
  • to cost somebody an arm and a leg
  • cheap and cheerful
  • clothes make the man
  • to be dressed to the nines
  • fashion victim
  • to be in fashion
  • to come back into fashion
  • to go out of fashion
  • baby blue
  • to blow dry
  • to backcomb
  • scruffy
  • ripped
  • bleached
  • a hoodie
  • a trench coat
  • a catwalk
  • reversible

Урок Homework Курс
  • Brands
  • The point of fashion
  • Bjork's outfit
  • Fashion collocations
  • Fashion quiz
  • Idioms
  • Camden fashion
  • Fashion friends