Monday, August 20, 2007
A Matter of Fabric
(Another post brought to you by little m). . .
MOD*EL – noun (adjective, verb, -eled, -eling.)
Conventional fashion wisdom is that “models are selected based on how well fabric drapes on their bodies.”
And, as we know, all sorts of things can be extrapolated from that. Like, therefore, that’s the only way to be beautiful. Like the only way to look good in your clothes is to look like that.
But maybe – just maybe - conventional fashion wisdom is not the whole truth.
The smaller the body, the less fabric it’s generally going to take to construct a garment for it. The less fabric used, the lower the production cost. Cheaper production costs, all other things being equal, lead to bigger profits, which are generally deemed to be better in business.
So maybe designers are praised and rewarded when they use less fabric.
Being the granddaughter of a seamstress, I learned early that it’s easier to cut in a straight line than on a curve. So the more curves to the body, the more difficult the garment is to make.
So maybe designers are lazy. :D
We’ve read so much about the fashion models that have starved themselves and used drugs in order to work, that if we link to all the articles describing the phenomenae, Dr. S’s server may go on strike from the overload.*
So maybe FASHION models should NOT be ROLE models.
What do you all think?
*Editor's note: See mamavision for a great primer on modeling and our bodies. . .