NOW I wasn’t really phased by the picture. I have seen similar outfits on the catwalk so it wasn’t that much of a big deal to me. What really caught my eye were the comments. In expressing my opinion about whether fashion was more about creativity or decency, I got the following response from one of the contributors:
Question is… who really is to blame? The designer for creating the outfit or the lady for wearing it?! Clearly from this statement, the designer… for creating the outfit. And this is where I beg to differ!
Make no mistakes, I was also stunned when I saw the outfit… but more because of the size of the person wearing it. Putting morals aside, I thought it was a pretty interesting and strategic use of fabrics and strips. Believe it or not, you can try to see through those strips but you cannot actually see anything. Which I think is pretty creative. If a much thinner person had worn it, it may not have evoked as much negative emotions.
For me, I believe designers are entitled to use their creative abilities the way they deem fit. Granted it may not be your style or your design philosophy but that does not make it wrong. As I said, putting morals and religion aside.
It’s the same way I am amazed when watching a runway show and I get comments from designers on how “unwearable” a garment is. And I’m thinking to myself, then clearly you have no clue what runway shows are about.
The runway is a concept which showcases ideas and creativity. Whilst some designers choose to put wearable clothes on to make direct sales, others are more about showing what they can do if given a piece of material, be it fabric, chains, metal or even recharge cards. Because you choose to use it a certain way does not mean everyone else should.
And on the subject of decency, many are quick to pull the “it’s not in our culture card”. Well for those who know a lot about culture (and I am not pretending I do), let’s not forget many women (and men for that matter) tie only wrappers whilst others go topless in cultural dances. Case in point: