I thought I'd share with you the following feature from fashion.telegraph.com, whilst being quite comical it proves how massive and important fashion is in today's world.
How times have changed: Back in 1911, when Henry and George Fowler compiled their first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary from a cottage in Guernsey, a blouse was defined as a 'workman's loose linen or cotton garment', while a frock was a 'monk's long gown with loose sleeves'
Fast-forward to 2011, and the mankini, the unsightly swimwear made ubiquitous by Sacha Baron Cohen's politically incorrect film character Borat, is one of a host of new words added to a new centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. 'A brief one-piece bathing garment for men with a T-back' is how the mankini is depicted, while the jegging, 'tight-fitting stretch trousers for women' also gets a mention.
Excuse us, but those voguish terms have been and gone as far as fashion is concerned. Surely non fashion folk would be better off knowing what a 'coatigan' is, or this season's must-have, the 'flatform'?
For those wordsmiths at the OED, we've compiled a collective of fashion terms which should feature in its forthcoming tome:
Flatform - a flat but significantly raised shoe, incarnated by Chanel and Prada for spring/summer 2011. Need there be any more reasons than that?