I’m so impressed by something I’ve just read, I’m posting a link to it here.
It’s a piece by the fashion writer I respect and admire above all others, the magnificent Suzy Menkes, from the British Vogue website, about the ridiculous pressure now thrust upon our greatest fashion designers, inspired by the announcement that Raf Simons has resigned from Dior after just three and a half years.
Evoking the memory of the suicide of Alexander McQueen and the disgrace of John Galliano – Mr Simons’ predecessor at Dior – who by his own admission was driven crazy bonkers by the workload, it’s an unveiled criticism of the multinational corporations which now own all the historic fashion houses and put such pressure on these hyper creatives, sensitive by definition.
Bravo, Suzy. It’s a brilliant analysis, but will the money men listen? Unlikely when there are new stores to open, new markets to exploit and share prices to consider. It’s that uncomfortable spot where art and commerce meet – and, as usual, commerce is running the show.