Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Fashion TV Shows

Ok here comes another rant...but is anyone else bored of all the fashion TV shows and films that represent the cliché fashion industry?

I mean first there was Devil Wears Prada, then there was Ugly Betty (or other way round), then there was The September Issue and now there is Material Girl on BBC, not including the arms length list of shows on Sky like Project Runway etc.

I am SO bored of the fashion world being represented as a world where everyone wears overly structured clothing which oozes 'fashion', every male HAS to be gay and wearing pink with gelled down hair and everyone generally being overly snobby.

I admit, the fashion industry isn't the most welcoming industry and many senior employees do look down their nose at you. However I have worked at a fashion magazine, with a fashion PR brand and worked with a high end tailor, and I can assure you most of those who I met/worked with tended to wear baggy jeans and a jumper with holes in, paired with some converse.

I'm sure heavenly places such as Vogue do house fashionistas that look immaculate every minute of the day, however this is a rare exception. In general most people in the fashion industry are un-recognizable as working in one of the most 'glamorous' industries, the one thing that may give it away is the standard oversized hand bag.

Both on Ugly Betty and Material Girl the two 'evil' bosses always seem to wear slightly OTT clothing and look particularly uncomfortable most of the time. Whilst working on the fashion magazine, I worked alongside the creative director and Fashion Editor, both of whom tended to wear practical, comfy clothing, and the fashion editor who was male was definitely not gay and tried it on with most of the models he met.

I would like to see a real show about the fashion industry, showing how stylists tend to show very little care to the garments they 'borrow' for shoots and how stupidly expensive clothing and accessories are all crumpled up into a huge suitcase and carted around London not before being returned all crumpled and creased, and for the designer to hear they didn't even use them.

Or about how certain employees at magazines register products as 'lost or missing' when in fact they have put them in their bag and taken home to wear on Saturday night.

I do love this industry but I would like someone to show the real side to it instead of all the glitzy fashion show and after party lifestyle which is what is favored by TV and Film producers. I am still fascinated with fashion and can't feel myself giving up on it just yet, but I would like someone to portray the fashion world in a new light, an HONEST light which highlights its pros and cons, but not the same old story that the boss is a big witch who would never see you succeed and base your chance of success on whether you get her the right sandwich for lunch!

The Ugly Betty Team, note token gay guy to the right, and two evil colleagues far right.

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