Fashion and Responsibility - Ethical questions
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In the merry old Land of Oz
On the flip side though, the fashion industry does do its bit to promote ehtical issues which need to be addressed. Take the Keneth Cole advertisment campaigns promoting the use of condoms, or the super model endorsed Peta adverts (even if a few of them have gone back on their word anfd have accepted fur-wearing campaigns) Or what about the promotion of fair trade fashion? Or what about Stella McCartney promoting vegitarian clothes and shoes.
Mu point is that its one sided to state that fashion only plays advocate for the worst in us all, it can also bring out the best. Fashion used as a form of expression cannot be censored. To say that the designers have a responsibilty to set the standard is niave. Who are they to judge anyone? People would still use clothes for expression. You cannot say that someone dressed a goth (see The Crow or most pubs in Camden on a Friday night!) is being badly influenced by their clothing. They are using their clothing as a way of saying "I belong to this social group"
Fashion does not just exist soley within the realms of big name houses and brands.
As to fashion and eating disorders, its a common misconception that its directly responsible. These models all have to e one size, a label or whoever does not have time to personally fit an alter the clothes to every model. Its a shame that this has been taken too far by some. But people with eating disorders often have other issues such as control and depression, fashion is not the sole reason for inducing a disorders. And I speak from direct personal experience. There's always more to it than just wanting to look like the girls in the magazines. But I don;t want to turn this thread into an eating disorder debate.
Mu point is that fashion is not a dictatorship. We live in a civilised socirty and are capable of making up our own minds for ourselves.
"Style is saying no"
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