A fashion designer has urged retailers to respect women’s “human rights” and stop discriminating against them.
Gillian Anderson is a fashion designer and author of ‘Feminine Fashion: How to Win at the Game of Fashion’.
She told the Independent that women are often told they can’t wear what they want.
“I think this is a fundamental misunderstanding,” she said.
“If you don’t respect the rights of women you’re going to end up like the poor woman who has to beg for scraps.”
Women are not property.
They have dignity and you have to respect that.
“When you treat them like a property, then you end up treating them like children.”
You can’t be in charge of women’s rights and then ignore them.
“Ms Anderson’s book has been described as “sexist” and “misogynistic” by critics.
The former model said that while she had been an outspoken supporter of women, she had also had to work hard to gain acceptance from men in order to achieve her goals.”
There are so many ways in which we are being discriminated against and abused in the fashion industry,” she added.”
And I think it’s because the fashion world is so patriarchal.
“It is a patriarchal culture, but it is not a male-dominated one.”
The fashion industry is not where we want to be.
“A lot of the women I work with have a lot of work to do.”
She said that there was an “overarching” gender gap in the industry, which she believed had to be addressed.
“We need to recognise that we are all equally entitled to make our own decisions about our own bodies,” she continued.
“In the fashion sector, it is all about what people want, not what we want.”
She also said that women’s bodies should not be the only subject on display at a fashion show, which was “unacceptable” in a “male-dominated world”.
She said: “We are all entitled to our own opinions about ourselves, our bodies, our style.”
For me, I feel that the issue is a matter of equity.
“This is about equality and I think there is a lot more that women can do to support each other.”
She added: “The fashion world, the industry and the industry itself, needs to do more to support women in this arena.”
As a fashion artist, I want to make money and that is a luxury, but if I can’t make money I don’t want to do this.
“My job is to make sure that people can have the confidence that they can have a career and be themselves.”