Are Men Fashion Designers more Talented and Creative than Women?
The focus of this paper is to take a glance at the world of fashion design. A world primarily feminine albeit male dominated and all that because the most famous fashion designers and heads of the fashion designer labels are men. Men are the ones called to provide women with style and a fashion identity and to construct their world.
This paper tries to find the answer if men designers better understand a woman’s needs. If this understanding comes from their interest and love for women or are they building the appearance of a woman according to their own wishes and desires of how a woman should dress and appear, an imposition of the patriarchic figure and standard in the realm of fashion.
Is this male fashion domination attributed to studies, real talent, media promotion or are women trapped in a gender straitjacket limiting their actions and not allowing them to unfold their full potential? Is this situation a residue of the world capitalistic domination in fashion design that started during the ‘60s?
Apart from the bibliographic research I present my personal experience as a fashion design professor at colleges in Greece.
||Fashion Design, Men Designers, Women Style, Women Identity
Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-6.
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MA Student, Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age Postgraduate Program, Department of Sciences of Pre-School Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Greece
Zoe Arvanitidou is a graduate of the Department of Clothing Design and Technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is nearing completion of her MA in “Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age” at the Univeristy of Aegean and also has a degree from the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education of Greece. She has also been a fashion designer assitant and stylist and a trainer for more than four years in the area of Fashion Education and Design. Mrs. Arvanitidou also wrote a book on Organizing and Presenting a Fashion Collection (ISBN: 978-960-930481-8). She is a fashion editor in various fashion e-zines and magazines, authored a paper on “Advantages and Disadvantages of e-Learning” and co-authored two more papers on “Using Open Source Software in GIS Training and Education” and “The need for Quality Management Systems in GI related education in Greece”.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sciences of Pre-School Education and Educational Design., Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age Postgraduate Program., University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece
Μaria Gasouka is assistant professor in the Department of Science Education and Educational Design in the Aegean University, in the field of “Gender and Folklor”. Member of the scientific group of design and implementation of the post-graduate studies program of the Aegean University “Gender and New Educational and Working Environment, in the Information Society”, offered through distance learning. Chairwoman of the Scientific Committee of the Cypriot Equality Observatory.
Researcher, trainer and coordinator of E.C. Initiatives and Programmes in Mainstreaming and Equal Opportunity issues. Editions: Sociological Approaches to Gender-Authority and Hierarchy Issues, Athens 1998, Women’s Speech Political. Texts on the Left Wing and Gender, Athens 1999, On Folklore and Folk Culture Gendering Sociology vol.I (2007) and vol.II (2008), Thoughts and Notes on the Issues of Reconciliation of Work and Family Life in Europe. The Experience of Cyprus, New York, 2010 (with Maria Kokkinou), e.tc.
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