Order, disorder, energy high and low, the path of least resistance and pressure and influence from outside forces. Does this pertain to science or fashion? Why not both? They need not always be thought of in isolation. They need not exist in spite of one another, even alongside one another, but within each other. Parallels can be drawn from each to the other.
Science helps us explain the world, while fashion expresses who we are in it.
Science and fashion are not two worlds apart, but two worlds that intertwine and interact; both in a practical sense, with the development of new fabrics and manufacturing processes, and in a design sense, with many fashion functions and designs drawing inspiration from scientific theory and process.
Entropy is the order of a system and a measure of the available energy that is able to effect changes within that system: the more ordered the system, the more energy stored within the bonds and the less free energy available; the less ordered the system, the more easily energy is able to effect change.
As each and every process in this universe is a transfer of energy, so can be viewed the way people choose to dress. It’s the energy that we infuse into our lives by the clothes we live them in.
To which end does your style tend?
High Structure – Covalent and Ionic bonding
Some people have a fashion sense like a covalent bond; a wardrobe made up of same styles and the same set of colours – a system which stores its energy within this structure.
These bonds are formed by the sharing or the giving/receiving of an electron, forming the strongest of bonds in the scientific world, much energy stored within their structure.
There is great structure in having only a specific style of clothing throughout your whole wardrobe and it would take a great amount of energy to break these bonds, to move away from this style.
Preference, but open to change – Dipole bonding
There are others that are attracted toward a certain style, like a dipole end of one charge drifting toward that of another.
Dipoles are molecules that have an inherent polarisation, a positive and negative end which attracts the opposing charge toward it. These attractions are intentional but can be swayed if enough energy were to be put forth.
This represents those that are not necessarily heavily bonded to the one style – they may have a preference toward a certain style and have a few classic/staple pieces in their repertoire, but are open to trying new things and seeing if something new suits.
The Influenced – Induced interactions
Then there are those that are completely affected by the surrounding environment, allowing what is happening around them to create the energy in their system, following the latest trends.
These entities will have no direct charge or available electron to form bonds with, nor do they have any particular pull of charge to one end to encourage interaction.
These entities wait for life to bring the attraction to them, should an ionic or polarised molecule pass close enough… viola! A temporary attraction is induced!
Be it boho chic, patterned leggings, blocky white sandals or high-waisted denim shorts – if it’s around and ‘attractive’, why not give it a burl?
Here at Entropy of Style we will be looking at the cool science that explains some aspects of life and how things work, and the variety of ways people live their lives in the clothes they wear. There will be links between the two, sometimes strong, other times tenuous. This is a blog for those that have a love for both science and fashion and those who didn’t realise they did!