FASHIONERS WILL MAKE THEIR FASHIONS BEAUTIFUL FOR LATER THIS YEAR, but the women who have already made the move say it will hurt.
Here’s how women have reacted.
Amanda Coughlin is the chief executive of fashion label Dior and co-founder of the American women’s fashion design collective Fashions Not Bombs.
“It’s not going to make a huge difference to us, but it will make a lot of women feel a lot more vulnerable, more anxious,” Coughlins says.
“We are not trying to hurt anyone, but we want to make sure that women understand that they are not alone.
We’re here to support them, to offer advice and support and to be an advocate for them.”
Elizabeth Purdy, executive director of the Women’s Institute of Fashion, says that the shift is “a long time coming,” but it has already hurt women in other industries.
“The fashion industry has a long history of sexism and misogyny,” Purdy says.
They have to recognize the power of their bodies and the power they have in the world, and that they need to have the support of others.” “
But women have to take responsibility for the way they’re perceived and the ways in which they’re treated in the workplace.
They have to recognize the power of their bodies and the power they have in the world, and that they need to have the support of others.”
Kate Dermody, senior vice president of women’s design at American Apparel, says the trend is “very harmful to women in many industries.”
“I think that there’s a tendency to view women as more vulnerable in the fashion industry than they actually are, and so the idea that women are going to be less comfortable working in the company they love is not accurate,” Dermany says.
She points to research showing that, as the number of women in executive roles has risen, so has the percentage of women who leave.
“As companies continue to hire women, women are leaving the workplace at an increasing rate,” Dermott says.
The fashion industry and its designers have faced criticism from some quarters for its treatment of women, with some saying that it’s an industry that “lacks female representation.”
Purdy said she understands the criticism.
“I believe that fashion and its consumers have a right to expect that every single one of their designs is created with the utmost care, love, and attention,” Potty says.
But she says that women’s bodies, as well as their agency and autonomy, should not be viewed as “compensation” in the process of fashion design.
“There is a whole other layer of work that needs to be done in the design process that includes consideration of body size and shape and skin color and other important considerations, so we can create products that women want and feel good about,” she says.
Coughliners response to the trend came from her daughter, who told her she felt unsafe in the job she had chosen.
“She was very upset and really upset and wanted me to go to the back of the line and not wear any more clothes,” Couglin says.
And then she felt really guilty.
“That’s what made me cry and it was really tough for me to see her cry because I felt really bad for her,” Cufflins says of her daughter.
But, Dermony says, the fact that she could feel her daughter’s sadness at the thought of leaving work after working so long for the brand has been empowering for her as a leader in the women’s apparel industry.
“Because I feel like I have that sense of ownership over what she is wearing, and she knows that I’m going to look after her and support her and be her advocate,” Dermanys daughter says.
When Dermacy was working at American, she says she felt the pressure to fit in.
“And then I felt like I wasn’t, and then I started to feel really uncomfortable in my own skin,” she remembers.
“So I started thinking about this idea of just changing how I felt in my work, and I think that was really powerful for me, because I didn’t know how to make that shift.”
CoughLINN’S RESPONSE To her daughter and many other women, Coughlan’s response was a simple one: “No,” she said.
“You’re going to feel it.”
She says the issue of diversity and inclusion is important, but she also said that her daughter felt uncomfortable in her work.
“When we’re not seeing each other and we’re just not seeing what we need to see, I think we’re doing it wrong,” Cucher says.
Fashios spokeswoman Jessica Coughlen says that she doesn’t believe that the fashion designers response was “just about making money,” but that the designers are “actively looking to engage women and to change the way we think about and talk about fashion.”
“They want to create a world where women feel comfortable and comfortable in their work,” Cuh