Recently, many of the places of high fashion have been drawing attention to the weight of the models that parade up and down catwalks showing off the different creations of those minds that think up high fashion. They’re concerned about the effect these “size 0” models will have on young women everywhere as far as what regular sized women will expect their bodies to look like.
And they rightfully should be concerned about the impact that the weight has on women. But deeper than that, they should be concerned about what messages they are sending about what they wear, not just how small the girl is that wears it.
If you’ve ever seen photos from one of these runway events some of them are quite comical. I don’t know who comes up with the hats that they wear. I have no idea why they match the colors they do. And perhaps that is why I’m not a fashion commentator, just a guy with a blog that talks about ethics, morals, and Biblical things.
However, what I have found is that many of these fashion designers like to push the envelope as far as sheer material, they like to expose flash that should be hidden, they like to tease about what can and cannot be seen, or (if they’re a particular fashion show) they wish to display that which is supposed to be a “secret” but is anything but a secret.
You see, the whole industry, to me, seeks less to provide men and women with sensible things to wear as much as to draw attention to itself. The designer puts together strange items in weird colors or shows off a model’s private parts to get attention. The model wants the best shows and so she’s willing to show off her body and work down to the “size 0” so that she will be seen. The people who watch these things (and I only see the photos taken after) look at these women– not to figure out what’s in style– as much to stare at the women for less than noble purposes.
To me, even if it made sense at one point in time to parade clothing on models (something that could be done on mannequins) for the purpose of determining fit has now become a circus– spending more time designing clothing for women that statistically are few, parading around in impractical clothing that you’ll never see walking down the street, and leading to a mess that could totally be avoided.
The whole weight discussion is a symptom of the problem– an industry that is now more concerned with itself than being of service to the public.