It’s not often that one sentence can change your entire perspective on a topic that you think you’ve got a handle on. A switch has been flipped in my mind thanks to VAMFF and one very clever lady by the name of Janice Breen Burns. She gave a lecture as part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Writers’ Series Workshops and her message was simple, obvious even to some, that fashion is about more than just clothing, it’s a visual history depicting the issues and changes taking place in the world.
I don’t know, was this notion obvious to everyone but me? I may be slow on the uptake, but nevertheless it got me thinking that if fashion is a way to represent the current condition, then each outfit that comes down the runway is a snapshot of history. With this in mind, how is it acceptable that the models, who deliver these artistic representations from designers to the world are not representative of the people who exist in it?