The fashion industry creates all the clothes that one is wearing at any moment of the day, from hats and hair accessories to undergarments to buttons to shoes. One could pursue either a creative or business career in the fashion industry. The fashion industry affects society both positively and negatively, especially negatively, in ways like eating disorders, providing sizes for plus-size consumers, and representation of plus-size models and ethnically diverse models. There are also problems within the fashion world, like counterfeiting of luxury brands, fast fashion, and working conditions in factories. Regulation within the fashion industry includes copyright protection of fashion designers, and whether extremely thin models are allowed to model in fashion shows or not. Though, the fashion industry is nothing new and will be around as long as people wear clothing, there are certain trends that are either losing or gaining attention.
The fashion industry provides both creative and business-oriented positions, making the fashion world interesting. Fashion moves in cycles, and many, especially those who work within the industry, describe fashion as very fickle. When it comes to people one might work within the industry, fashion attracts eccentric, creative people who are often very difficult to work for and with, and those within the fashion world can be very brutal and backstabbing. Starting salaries can be very low, workspaces can be crowded and noisy, and schedules can be unpredictable and hours are often long and labor-intensive. Though, there is potential for large salaries, travel, and fun, there is can also be quiet, solitude, and security, largely depending on where one works in the field. If one works in the fashion industry, one needs to be aware of the effect one’s work can have on society.
Because the fashion industry depends on the public and consumers seeing what has been designed and created, the visuals and products made by the fashion industry can have an enormous effect on society, especially a negative effect.
The fashion industry is a “size zero” culture. Fashion designers will often only use very young, very thin models in fashion shows to show the clothing that has been designed and created. The demand for such thinness among models encourages unhealthy eating habits and substance abuse, behaviors that can cause serious health problems. This contributes to a toxic environment that the fashion industry is often thought to be. Some believe that the fashion industry’s thinning ideal has led to the rise in eating disorders in the general public. Some believe that the “thin-is-beautiful” message created by the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries is not the cause for the rise in eating disorders. Which is true?
In “Fashion’s Full-Figured Failure,” Robin Givhan states:
The fashion industry simply loves a skinny young girl. And for the average woman, fashion continues to deliver a brutal, frustrating fantasy. But are...