Fashion doesn’t empower all girls

The spotlight of the $3tn style enterprise passed off last week: the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards. These aren’t just a pat on the lower back, they’re career-defining. But you’re much more likely to get one in case you’re a man.

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Research by way of American educational and sociologist Allyson Stokes discovered that among 1981–2013, ninety-eight guys acquired a CFDA award, however most effective 29 women. This year the most effective girl nominees have been celebrity fashion designers, the Olsen twins. One guy, Raf Simons, gained for each menswear and womenswear. He is the first (man) to win the double on account that every other (man) Calvin Klein. His victory becomes quite eclipsed with the aid of the furor over the “glass runway”. Does the fashion industry have a gender equality issue, requested Fashionista.Com.

 

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Well sure, Fashionista.Com, it does. It’s not so much a gender equality hassle but the kind of mass exploitation of women that future generations will examine as we do slavery. To find it, though, you’ll need to look beyond the rarefied international of the glass runway. There’s a global deliver chain that produces most of the sector’s style, and 85 in keeping with a cent of the 75 million garment employees toiling in this chain – sewing seams, sequins and adding zippers to our everyday garments – are young ladies.

Here, female illustration isn’t always the problem. Physical abuse, hazardous factories, and poverty wages are. In a recent file from women’s rights NGO the Circle, based through Annie Lennox (disclaimer: I’m a member), human rights barrister Jessica Simor QC looked at girl garment people’ wages in 14 hotspots, from Bangladesh to Romania producing for high-avenue manufacturers. The file shows how brands and states are driving roughshod over the proper of these ladies to earn a residing wage. To add similarly damage, those slave-wage jobs are consistently offered as being empowering for ladies in style.

SOUTH LONDON-based totally artist Fuse ODG stated he became ‘honoured to have added my new Africa message to Jamaica’ following the afrobeat star’s performance at the Caribbean FashionWeek (CFW) 2017.

As well as being exposed to the awe-inspiring collections from island-based total designers which include Meiling and Lois Samuels, attendees of this 12 months Caribbean FashionWeek have been treated to performances from a number of global stars, together with R&B princess Ashanti.

The champion of ‘New Africa’, Fuse ODG carried out and debuted his New African Nation (NANA) style collection on the international runway, followed by a live performance with the aid of Grammy Award-triumphing artist Ashanti, who executed well-known hits along with Foolish and her duet with Ja Rule, Always On Time.

Fuse ODG stated:

“I’m honored to have added my ‘New Africa’ message to Jamaica thru my song and having debuted NANA on the Caribbean FashionWeek runway.

“We teamed-up with two talented designers to carry the imaginative and prescient of the garb line alive – VA Designs for menswear and Tarantino for womenswear. I turned into a fan of their work and reached out to them as I knew they were the right people for the activity. The outcomes talk for themselves.

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