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Photo: Sendu Bala / Vita Gottlieb AW13

designer discussion

Vita Gottlieb: I think women are pretty free in fashion, both in terms of what they are allowed and allow themselves to wear, compared to the early 60s and earlier, and indeed throughout history in Western fashion. But there are still a lot of cultures where women are restricted by what their society allows them to wear. Many women are also prevalent and powerful in the fashion industry and in this way, are well represented in this field. It is still mostly men who control the stakes in the biggest luxury conglomerates, and therefore own many of the designer brands – but the representation of women in fashion is favourable compared to many other industries.

What role does feminism play in the fashion industry and do you believe it is changing? Fyodor Golan: We are living in the time of Women. I think because of this reason we have moved on from couture. One of the reasons couture existed was to show off the wealth of your husband, today women are standing on their own. Today, more than ever women own their style. They have the “balls” to influence and do things. If you look into the world of fashion today, there are barely any men left. The results are both good and bad. Fashion became very contemporary and more suited for everyday life, but there is just too much sameness. Today it’s more about brand survival and sales. I think it’s great when there was a contrast between men and women - two different poles, arguments and ideas, which helped the progress. Now it’s more one-sided. Women want to be more comfortable. I think there are more opinions but fewer personalities. I think high power women in the industry should consult the likes of Catroux and Loulou for Yves or Carine Roitfeld for Tom Ford then fashion truly shines. A great example today would be collaboration between Marc Jacobs and Katie Grant. I don’t believe that fashion should belong to one sex - it’s unisex.

Lie Sang Bong: I have a great example - we have the first ever female president in Korea’s history and I believe this will have significant influence on women’s social status in society. People are curious about not only how the president runs the country but also what she is wearing. The design and colors of her clothes, bags, and accessories will possibly bring back the 80-90’s feminism movement in Korea, while highlighting the media such as TV and newspapers. The media will talk about her fashion throughout her presidency. With the new social and political movements which will result in a dramatic change in Korean society, I have hopes that it will also lead to a revolutionary development of the fashion industry.

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Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

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