I am all about creativity but there is definitely a time when fashion creativity can go totally wrong!!!
I have come across many blogs that post attire of what people have worn to their proms and needless to say that my mouth has sometimes dropped to the floor. I can hardly believe what people have created in their minds and what designer would be daring enough to create it. In some cases, the clothig is so bad that I would think that as a designer and an artist, I would not want my name attached to the rags that these people throw on.
Now there are some creative geniuses that make their clothing to make a statement… I get that. For example, the Duck Brand Duct Tape held a contest in which the contestants had to make their clothing out of the colorful brand. It was fun, colorful, creative and a contest. I couldn’t help but appreciate the art and time that most people had to put in to the outfits in order to make them look…alive. Would I wear a duct tape dress on one of the most important fashion days of a girl’s life… probably NOT, but I can appreciate the love of the art.
But when does fashion got too far? I have a hard time with knowing that there are designers that listen to the ideas that people have and create it. I know that when the idea is given and they sketch it on their pad or in their minds, they know that this is NOT a good idea. I do understand that their clients are so stuck in their idea that they are not able to take suggestions, but come on! At what point does the artist go beyond the money and take responsibility as an artist? I think that a designer should be totally concerned with reputation when it comes to creating art because it is definitely not about the money.
There is another responsibility that can’t be overlooked and that is the responsibility of the parents. It leaves me to question, why does a parent approve of the designs and dresses that their children wear to the prom? What makes them allow their daughter to wear clothing that can be extremely revealing or terribly tacky? Some parents may say that they just want their little girl to be happy but what about safe? What about the possible regret when she looks back at her dress and then ask the question, “Why did you let me wear that?”
Most of all, it seems that the designer should know best. They understand the power of art and making a statement, and making a statement that makes the person wearing the clothing and look good and feel good. When the person looks good and feels good, they remember that it was the designer that made their idea and dream come true. Anyone would want to be remembered for that .
It is time for designers to take a stand and let people with crazy thoughts of fashion ideas that run through their heads know that they will not put together fabric and call it fashion…not in their name! And guide them to helping them create the vision that they want and make it beautiful! Don’t be afraid to say no and give the money back. The client will respect you more knowing that you will not compromise your reputation as an artist just to make a buck.
Example of a piece of fabric being called fashion!!!
Artist must unite in making that change when it comes to prom fashion so that young women will not have to regret wearing the clothes that you made for them. If your are not sure of what I mean, just take a look at the clothing above.
Would love to know your thoughts on this… Do you think that designers should say no to making dresses that look a mess? Do you think they should just collect the check???