I don’t believe there is a solution. It is a competitive business and, just like professional athletes, not every model is going to have a successful and long, international career. That’s just the reality of it. However, I do think improvements can be made in work conditions, particularly in areas such as child model legislations which are beginning to be implemented by the model alliance in New York. Their efforts have already been a step in a positive direction. If models wait until they are older to start their international careers this means they are more prepared psychologically to deal with the pressures and furthermore this will eventually and hopefully create a shift in the age of retirement, lengthening the shelf life of models altogether.
Mhmm, what has happened at JPG is sad. I don’t know if he has lost his creativity or whether he’s reached a comfort in his career where he would just rather please the holding company of his label. The last I read (in 2010 when it was acquired by Puig) JPG was making double in revenue from 1998 (what many would call his artistic heyday) but still lossmaking so I suspect Jean Paul, who has said in the past he has no interest in the management of his label, is probably under considerable amounts of pressure to churn out commercially viable designs. That, coupled with the fact that the maximalist aesthetic and theatricality he did so well is not as relevant as it once was, makes it hardly surprising his collections as of late have been heavily criticised as stale and uninspired..
I mean, I get that Jeremy Scott and his modern interpretation of Franco’s Moschino has a place in fashion but… I would not like to go to that place ever.
Thank you very much!
I’m not sure if you are after opinion pieces or more factual articles but the fashion spot thread on this issue has a lot of really great discussion / info - http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f96/racial-diversity-modeling-2-a-117025.html and Jezebel does a statistical analysis at the end of every season on diversity on the runways
Hope this helps, and if any of my followers have any suggestions of resources on this topic let me/us know!