Throughout my career
covering the fashion category for several different magazines, I must
admit that I have used the term "fashionista" in a few of my articles.
When using the term, I was describing a woman who was feminine and well
dressed. This woman followed fashion to some degree, but was certainly
not a slave to fashion. Would she wait on line for a considerable amount
of time for an opportunity to snap up one of Roberto Cavalli's limited
edition pieces at H&M? Certainly.
trends or emulating the looks of high fashion models or iconic
celebrities, my fashionista simply liked to express herself
through her apparel and accessories. She viewed fashion as an art form.
dictionary sources tend to share similar meanings, all with a mention of
some type of career in the fashion industry whether it be designing,
promoting, or even writing about fashion.
defines a "fashionista" as a "designer, promoter, or follower of the
latest fashions" while MSN's dictionary meaning, which is quite similar
to Merriam-Webster's, also includes a mention of "somebody involved in
the fashion industry." According to
Dictionary.com, a fashionista is
a "person working in or deeply involved with the high-fashion industry,
such as a designer, model, photographer, buyer, writer, wearer; or a
devotee to clothing fashion."
dictionary meanings do not denote any negativity, the term seems to have
once been used as an insult to describe someone who is overly concerned
If you are a
fashionista, you can meet other
fashionistas at the
Fashion Industry Network.