The most disappointing thing a professor can hear in the classroom is the cliché “I don’t like to look at what others are doing.” So you are designing in a vacuum, with nary a care for what the fashion system is serving up and pronouncing great, nor any impulse to react against it, I think to myself.
“Why?” I ask the student.
“Because I don’t want to be influenced” is invariably the reply. And it’s a most frustrating reply, at that.
Then there are those who are so caught up in the student responsibilities of meeting deadlines and writing papers and remaking that pesky jacket muslin for the third time that Paris Fashion Week is the farthest thing from their mind. It’s something for the leisured classes to enjoy, or those who are already in the industry, buyers, maybe, and magazine editors. “Shows? What shows?” they ask, looking up with furrowed brow, their minds frantically flicking through the pages of the syllabus to understand what they could have overlooked.
There’s one last subject of the classroom, usually a lone haughty figure, possibly bearded, who snubs the viewing of fashion shows. He is the arrogant designer who believes his vision is so utterly unique that we’re all standing around waiting for it to arrive like it’s the supermoon lunar eclipse.…Continue reading here…