Say what you will about Anna Wintour, but she made a great point recently about perceptions of women who love fashion. She was fed up with people viewing women who are both in positions of power and who also love fashion as “idiots.” Her exact words:
“When women are in positions of power, and they’re featured in a women’s magazine like Vogue … they tend to be incredibly unfairly criticized. It’s an incredibly old-fashioned approach. Just because you’re in a position of power, and you look good and you enjoy fashion — does that mean you’re an idiot, or that it’s not seemly to be in a woman’s magazine? If a man is in GQ, they don’t get the same kind of criticism.”
The blurb in frisky.com that published her views then reinforces this stereotype by referring to Vogue magazine as an institution that emphasizes “materialism and consumerism.” I interpret this as fashion is for the vapid, brainless type who just want to show off.
Now wait a second. I’m not naive about the fashion industry and how it encourages us to spend, spend, spend every season. But clothing design is also an art. And if people appreciate the art of fashion and, at the same time, try to make themselves look more attractive with clothing, more power to them!
I don’t think we should be slaves to fashion. And quite honestly, I don’t know very many people who are. But I do know wonderful, brilliant people who also like to look good and enjoy seeing what new creations designers have crafted.
Why can’t we just let people love what they love and live as they live without passing judgement?