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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Several episodes. Never saw it before. I am so conflicted.

I love the crafts aspect. I know nothing about fashion, but it's still fun to see what people come up with, and to have my own opinions on the aesthetics even if they differ from the judges' opinions. The episodes I saw also were relatively inclusive, in that they featured designers and judges of a mix of genders, orientations, races, and nationalities. I like that a lot.

But it really bothers me that there's an unstated presumption that fashion is for women - because women are decorative. (Have there been challenges involving male designs? It wouldn't surprise me, but the default, to the point where it's entirely unstated, is women). And that leads to this unfortunate dynamic where women models - called "girls" by everyone involved - are treated as furniture. It's the same models throughout the competition, and they never speak, I don't even know if we learn their names. They may as well be mannequins, and it's hard to watch the models sitting silently while everyone else around them comments on their hair, their makeup, and basically treats them as semi-sentient hangers.

Date: 2016-12-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwyn
It's not a better dynamic in that it's still decorative women, and thin, size zero women at that, but I'd say if you're interested in the crafting aspect, watch the first four or five seasons and skip everything after. I gave up after…7? Maybe? Or 8? I can't remember, but it had gotten so bad with producer interference of who they wanted the narrative to be about and have win that I just abandoned the show, especially since it had compromised Tim's integrity so much and he was my favorite thing about it. ANd I thought if I had to listen to the Michael Kors QuipBot3000 again I would spork my eyeballs--but then he left it and…Zac Posen came in? I think?

Anyways, in the early seasons, they picked a model for each episode, there was a whole thing about it, and Heidi's presence ws largely about the models and some judging--but the models were also out if they weren't selected. One season had a huge flaming meltdown, I think it was season 1, with one of the models in fact. The challenges were more interesting, there was way more emphasis on the creativity than the drama (not that there wasn't drama, oh boy did they amp that up, but you got to see them work on things way more than yammer about it and bitch at each other), and some of the designs truly were amazing.

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