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Sheer fashion: yes/no?

September 14, 2009

What do you think of designers sending 14, 15 year olds down the runway full frontal?

At Erin Fetherston yesterday, one model was ‘uncomfortable with wearing just a sheer top’ and Erin ‘solved the problem with a camisole’.

The model in question: Lea Groesland, yeah she’s 15. Won the latest V Magazine/Ford model search in July.

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Would you wear sheer tops? And is there a style guide on what to wear underneath sheer tops? For Spring runways do expect to see loads of these…

[image: style.com]

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. asyrafny permalink
    September 14, 2009 11:46 pm

    Well, she was lucky she still managed to walk the show. You know what they say about models speaking out…

    18 should be the age I guess for frontal nude, since then there won’t be a need for guardians at shows anymore. Can you imagine Karlie with a sheer top while her English teacher is backstage waiting in her? [i read that her teacher or a relative would accompany her for shows]

  2. September 15, 2009 1:31 am

    Easy answer there, if the model (or the guardian) doesn’t like the sheer item he/she has to wear, he/she doesn’t walk the show.

    Is age a factor.. not sure. Designers aren’t there to babysit the models, when you model you immediately are set in an adult world and god everybody knows that nudity can happen in fashion (from sheerness to nipple-slips etc..) and I (as a designer) don’t think a model has any right to wish for the designer to change the outfit so that she is more covered.
    There are always fittings, if the model doesn’t feel comfortable with what she needs to wear don’t walk the damned show.

    She probably knew she had to wear that outfit before the show and she choose to walk.

    (that said, it is appropriate for the designer to announce to the models that nudity/sheerness is involved in a collection)

    It might all sound a bit harsh but models choose to do what they do, if they are underage and not comfortable with something sheer or so then let the agency know so that they can warn the clients at castings instead of having a designer change an outfit. The answer lies with the models and agencies to make sure they don’t put the model in such a situation, if they’re underage keep their work in check, don’t expect designers to think about a models age.

  3. September 15, 2009 11:18 am

    i got a sheer top. its just i wouldn’t wear myself. was for like 5 hk bucks !

  4. aaron permalink
    September 16, 2009 10:51 am

    my main problem with the whole thing is why designers send sheer clothes down the runway without anything underneath in the first place. often these clothes are sold with a slip, and even if they aren’t, very few women in real life would wear them without something underneath (like, y’know, a BRA.). it’s just unseemly to walk around in broad daylight with your tits in full view. so why not present the clothes the way they would be worn in real life?

    and if as a designer it’s your VISIONNNN to have women walking around with their tits in full view… you’re just tacky imho.

    • September 16, 2009 11:12 am

      Couldn’t agree more with you. Put the model age issue aside first, how do you wear sheer clothes in real life? I am just seeing a lot of sheer pieces on the Spring runway and I wonder who buys them in the first place and how do you really wear it in real life. A camisole underneath is just pure unsightly.

  5. styletinerary permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:52 am

    I have no issue with lack of concealment on the runway – we don’t go to shows to see what we could see at the local coffee shop. We need something to talk, and write about – be it extreme, innovative, confronting. Of course I would recommend a camisole beneath transparent tops off the runway. In fact I would probaby advise against the trend altogether for most people (although I adored a number of sheer showings for ss10). On minors, I understand concerns but that debate is ongoing in fashion – sheer! women’s clothing and make-up on girls! – and, without significant changes to the way we work, will continue unresolved. What I can say is that fashion shoots and shows are not about sex and that’s a key learning for newer models. And maybe for all those rights groups who fire off a naysaying media release about every 8 months.

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