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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: 2016-12-26 05:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arduinna
I read somewhere that men's fashion is more time-consuming because you can't just whip up a circle skirt, or whatever. I think it's a crappy excuse, especially since many of the designers have made fitted pants and jackets over the years, but that's one of the underlying tenets, apparently.

The first few seasons were definitely more strongly about the models; we knew their names, we got to see them interacting more, model choice was a big factor in designer success, etc. Heidi had a lot of control, and she's all about making sure models get their due.

I largely stopped watching after the first few seasons (the switch to Lifetime was the show's death knell, IMO). Although there was one episode in a later season where the guest judge, an editor with Marie Claire (I think?), won my heart by demanding of all the designers "But how do you wear a bra with that? Women wear bras! I couldn't wear that!" <3

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