Fashion and Responsibility - Ethical questions
Fashion has a bad reputation. It's notoriously animal unfriendly, it pushes unhealthy body trends to the masses, and as discussed in the recent Galliano SS06 thread it puts out images that can be sometimes detrimental to a certain group (or seen that way). What level of responsibility do designers have? What responsibilities are they willing to accept?
I would say Galliano is at the forefront with collections taken straight out of a Fellini movie. Designers like Oliver Theyskens and Alber Elbaz seem to be more concious of the images and clothes they make. I would like to hear some opinions about this. I study art and most of my work deals with clothing and fashion in some way. I get a lot of crap from my instructors and classmates who see fashion as a frivolous and irresponsible industry only concerned about making money. I have to defend myself often and this is a topic that always seems to come up.