RICK OWENS: Finally, a Paris fashion show that gives us something to cheer about.
Every season inspires a new round of discussions about the issue of body diversity in the fashion industry: eating disorders, underage models, and the implicit racism of the many all-white runway shows. But aside from body diversity, the other main characteristic of runway models is their complete lack of expression. Aside from a handful of exceptions, models are largely encouraged to give an appearance of complete, vacant blankness when walking the runway, and Rick Owens’ non-professional models rebelled against this as well.
From the perspective of a designer trying to get people to pay attention to their work, it makes sense to hire models who look as blandly similar (and therefore easy to ignore) as possible. This show didn’t just ignore fashion industry expectations regarding race and body type, it broke all the rules of runway modeling. [READ MORE]