LVMH and Kering which are the fashion houses behind Dior, Gucci, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Thomas, Fendi and Stella McCartney have announced that they will be no longer be using models that are under a certain dress size.
Any model that will work for these fashion houses must be bigger than a UK size 6, US size 0 or a French size 32. They will not use any model under the age of 16 for adult clothing. LVMH and Kering are taking this new policy one step further by also providing models with access to a psychologist or therapist while they work for them. These changes will come into affect before Paris Fashion Week which starts on the 26th September 2017.
Models size and weight has been a controversial topic for quite some time. Many people see that the models on a catwalk do not represent the everyday person and that the very thin models are promoting a negative image of what a body should look like.
LVMH director Antoine Arnault said: “I am deeply committed to ensuring that the working relationship between LVMH Group brands, agencies and models goes beyond simply complying with the legal requirements.”
This is a great step in the right in the right direction. There needs to be more diversity on the catwalks. Just not in size but in ethnicity and disability to represent real life.
What do you think of these changes? Do you think more changes needs to be brought in or do you think these changes are not needed at all?
Nicky P. xxxx
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