Thursday, February 07, 2008


From an NYT article about the dwindling weight of male models:
“Designers like the skinny guy,” he said backstage last Friday at the Duckie Brown show. “It looks good in the clothes and that’s the main thing. That’s just the way it is now.”
Now, I don't know that much about clothing design. Fashion has always seemed to me like a hobby for the rich and prodigal, but I was under the impression that clothes were supposed to be made for the people wearing them and not the other way around. Call me naive.


Vladkin said...

So just as female models are now encouraged to look healthier, male models are encouraged to be thinner? Doesn't make sense. Frankly, I think the chubbier a model is the more likely the outfit will look good on someone of a healthier weight. If Roseanne looks good in that dress, then damn. I will too! Right?

Shawna said...

Absolutely! With this trend toward using ever-slimmer models, the designers end up showcasing the models instead of the clothes, which kinda defeats the purpose of showing off the clothes, doesn't it?

Maybe I'm just not thinking like a designer, but if I were a designer, I'd want my clothes to make the model look better, rather than the model making my clothes look better. Like you said, Kari--if that outfit can make the average person look better, I'm SO buying it!