Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fashion[Unfold]: How is wellness and image defined in Fashion?

Fashion[Unfold] is coming back to this blog and this time around we have Grace Mayele (@WithinEssence) as the  guest contributor! Let's see what she has in store for us this time!

Fashion[Unfold] is a Debate initiative for Industry insiders to address/discuss Fashion issues. An initiative brought from concept to reality, via Tweets by Marcus Kan @fusionofeffects, Toronto based Photographer and Noëlly Sam @MissSLY, Fashion Editor-in-chief at Miss SLY!.

Every Tuesday, a Fashion topic is chosen, and the discussion gates are open to everyone on Twitter, to come and weight in their two cents via Twitter and comments on the website debate host. So there are 2 ways to participate.

- Join us on Twitter by following us and interact @FashionCrazy_ @MissSLY & @fusionofeffects; Then add the Tag #fashionunfold to your tweets

-  You can leave a comment to this post.

I will be constantly checking the response and if I see any interesting ones, I will post them right here (which means this entry will be in a constant update mode). Last week's topic was Celebrity Clothing Lines and this week, it leads back to one of my personal favorite topic: How is wellness and image defined in Fashion?

Wellness is a word that encompasses different attributes of health and over the years, health has been an all around prominent subject matter that the great majority tends to bring forward in the fashion industry.

We're constantly faced in within our reads about advertisement concerns and meticulous industry standards, such as models and their weight, not to mention their overall appearance etc. This goes without saying, since in “today’s society” image is everything, especially in such a trade, image has become a dominating selling factor but many wonder how this form of projection “speaks” to the mass.

What looks good as an industry standard doesn’t always seem to be positioned as a feel good mentality if what is projected looks unhealthy and if there seems to be an ongoing duality between the need to leave room for the zero sized model vs. the plus sized model on runways.

Lara Stone

It is often said, that models need to be and look a certain way but wouldn't that be considered a stereotype that the media portrays? Are people missing the point that models need to be healthy and look the part? Do today’s designers feel the need to incorporate “any” sense of empowerment within their collections? Meaning, do these related issues even come across as a concern when selecting models? If so, how does it correlate with an overall sense of wellness?

Crystal Renn

Grace's 2 cents:
It doesn’t matter whether you’re skinny, average or plus sized. Health should be the number one concern because only such a factor can promote and entice an individual’s appearance and attract ones attention. Sure you can be skinny and look half dead and some may say you need the extra curves, but having the extra curves doesn’t necessarily mean nor validate you as being healthy looking. So who’s really empowered? And how do we position ourselves...

My 2 cents:
Just like Grace said, to me, health is the most important issue. To me, clothes are supposed to be worn by normal people so I do not agree that designers should just use skinny models to showcase their collections. If this trend continues, I believe one day no normal girls will be able to wear any clothes. The skinny conception should stop. I am lucky Lara Stone, the world's top model, is not skinny at all so that means there is hope for the fashion world...

Now it's time for you to give in you 2 cents! Make sure you tag #fashionunfold on twitter and follow us @fusionofeffects@FashionCrazy_@MissSLY and @WithinEssence.

Twitter 2 cents:


  1. It's all about diversity. We need to see a variety of types on the runways and in magazines. That doesn't mean demonizing skinny, tall girls. That means including them along with larger-size girls, shorter girls, models of various races and ages, even abilities.

  2. Ah yes! I totally agree what you say! We really need variety!


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