Changing mindset of young designers.
FEDERAL Youth Minister Peter Garrett has thrown his support behind The Daily Telegraph’s Get Real campaign for healthier-looking models.”This is an important issue and one that The Telegraph is right to highlight,” Mr Garrett said. “We want the fashion industry to support the use of healthy, positive role models.”
Currently there are only voluntary guidelines for the fashion industry relating to the use of unhealthily-thin models, but these are not regulated.Compliance with the Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct is rewarded through the government’s Positive Body Image Awards. “I support the work that is being done to portray realistic body images in media and advertising, and the industry should be commended for their work,” Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett’s backing comes as a leading fashion teacher warned the next generation of designers had to be persuaded to change their preference for ultra-skinny clothes horses.
TAFE NSW Sydney Institute’s Nicholas Huxley, who nurtured the careers of designers Dion Lee and Akira Isogawa, said despite encouraging his students to make larger samples, many continued to want very thin models.
“The younger students want the really slim and skinny ones, but the older ones that have been around want them a bit more rounded and sexy,” Mr Huxley, the Fashion Design Institute head teacher, said.Mr Huxley helped cast the models for Thursday’s TAFE Innovators show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which showcased the wares of six promising graduates.
“One of my assistants was showing me the (models) and said ‘This one here, she had a bit of a problem because she was a bit more rounded’ and I said, ‘no, she’s gorgeous’.”
Mr Huxley said he encouraged students to use healthy-looking models and larger mannequins for their designs and, as a result, many were starting to change their mindset.
“I feel that especially young designers and my students respect what I do and know I’m honest, so I’m sure they get completely encouraged by what I say,” he said.
Graduate Leroy Nguyen, who was chosen to show his collection at the event, said his peers were becoming more socially responsible. “I think it’s changing for the better,” he said. “I am 100 per cent for healthy models. At the end of the day, they do make the clothes look better.”"