I think it's also important to consider the difference btw runway models and commercial or other models. Of course the word "model" suggests an ideal, but really runway models, for the most part, are not supposed to represent an ideal standard of beauty - they are, as someone else brought up, supposed to have beanpole bodies with few curves and very plain faces. If you watch a show like American's Next Top Model, they constantly refer to the better models' faces as "blank canvases" - not really a compliment! Also, I recall Adrian Curry from ANTM commenting that models don't really work out, they starve... too many muscles are bad for runway mods.
I'm bringing this up b/c I think that just b/c one of the PR models is accused of not having a good runway model body doesn't mean she is "fat" or "unattractive" or "doesn't conform to our standards of beauty." I feel like the contemporary standard of beauty is, as ComputerSaysNo said, "active and healthy" - someone with curves but who takes care of herself. I say "standard of beauty," not the only kind of beauty.
"I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier." The Killers.
"Couture" is something that only a tiny amount of fashion houses (a dozen or two at most) make anymore. Couture typically loses money on its own, but the theatrical and fantastical nature of the clothes is good advertising for the relatively more accessible pret-a-porter line of that house.
More women can afford a $3,000 Dior pret-a-porter cocktail dress than an $120,000 (No, that's not a typo. One hundred and twenty THOUSAND) couture evening dress with hand-beading and embroidery.
Ready to wear is anything basically off the rack, but does of course apply to what the fashion houses send down the runway.
I'm new to the show this season but it seems to have a bit of an anti-fat (or more accurately anti-real size) women bias. It is even somewhat reflected in the choice of designers. However, let's face reality. The women who are buying clothes look more "zaftig" than like any of the models. The "everyday woman" challenge was very telling. And notice that the winner was a designer who designed a dress for a slim woman?
Shaken, not stirred.
martini: Yes - and even Tim (who made the zaftig comment, and the Gumby legs comment last season) said that Uli should have won, because Vincent's 'everyday woman' could have been a model herself. (Plus, the dress was oogly Lol).
I loved Uli and Robert's attitude... well, Robert's up until I read his interview.
Not all the women who are buying clothes are "zaftig". I live in Manhattan and shop at places like Bergdorf's and Barney's. Very few large women shop there. And they manage to stay quite busy.
I'm 5'4". You don't see petite women complaining that high fashion tends to look better on taller women, do you?
I have c-cups. There are a lot of great clothes that I love, but they don't look good on me because I have boobs. Do you see women that are thin but busty complaining?
Most women don't want to be "real". If they can't afford the clothes, they read magazines like Vogue to escape for their "real" lives. I can guarantee you if designers showed their clothes on a runway worn by women that were 5'2" and 180 pounds almost no one would buy them. Because they would not look as good. Because clothes drape better on a tall, thin body.
And the fact is, even 20 years ago the plus market was not what it is today. Sure, there were overweight people, but nowhere to the degree there are today. So what happened over the last few decades? Millions of people suddenly developed thyroid problems? What happened to personal responsibility? Why is it so offensive to people when you confront them with the fact that, just maybe, they could be responsible for being overweight?
Women should be healthy. This means not starving yourself into submission, but still nourishing yourself with food that's good for you and still enjoying a hot fudge sundae on occasion. And it means being active. Women who do this are not guaranteed to be a size 2.
I've met women who abuse their bodies are and still tiny and gorgeous and women who take great care of themselves and are a size 12. And gorgeous. And vice versa.
So to summarize: How fashion is presented? Not real life. Like with any other high-end consumer product you are being sold a fantasy. If you choose to buy it or not is your responsibility. You want "real"? Go to Dress Barn.
Last edited by ShrinkingViolet; 09-07-2006 at 05:00 PM.
ComputerSaysNo, I couldn't agree with you more! Well said.
signed, another 5'4" C cup.
I couldn't agree with you more -- I'm among the short, slim and busty set -- a challenging physique for a distance runner. I think that treating your body as the temple of your soul (which it is) is the key.
However, my point doesn't have anything to do with how people should look or should treat their bodies. Until we understand the compulsions that lead to the obesity epidemic, I don't think any of us are really fit to stand in judgement.
My point is that the challenge was aimed at the "Everyday Woman" and the average sized woman is closer to a size 12, than the sample size 2. Hence, being able to design something that would look acceptable on THAT female form seemed like the point. And think about how much harder that is? Creating something for a walking clothes hanger = not so tough. Making Angela's mom look/feel high fashion = really hard.
Shaken, not stirred.