A recent debate regarding super skinny models stirred up at Milan Fashion Week.
A gaunt-looking model gracefully walked the runway during the famous Gianfranco Ferré show in Milan last night bringing shock to the audience and fashion industry.
The Italian model wore a a black deep v cut dress revealing her chest and bony body. With her pale, hair brushed back and dark makeup, she appeared very unhealthy looking. Obviously, Mr. Ferré’s collection is classic and sophisticated with basic colors but would you support someone who uses models like the one above. It send the wrong message.
The fact that this model was allowed to participate in Milan Fashion Week was shocking because in 2006, Milan banned very thin models from their catwalk shows. It was an important move for the fashion world. At this time, there was lots of pressure and stress about the health of models. The aim became to promote healthier looking bodies in fashion and not only for catalogue but especially for catwalk.
According to MFW insider representatives, the agreement stated and signed between the city and its fashion industry claimed that models with a body mass index of less than 18.5 were not allowed to take part in the Milan fashion shows. However now it is evident that this agreement is not being honored by city and industry. Failure to comply may damage the reputation of Milan for future fashion events.
It is interesting that designers only hire a certain type of woman to model their collections. When will slender, normal, average girls be enough for fashion? It is times like these, when you wonder what models are like, how they are forced to be, if they are paid to be a particular way and how we as the public should view them.