Comments: Stupid and Stupider

Oh, it's not "just fashion": it's culture, you know? Clothing like this is a kind of personal art, and we've become really ass-backward by letting the designers be the artists using our bodies as the canvas.

I wonder why Congress has never regulated clothing size labelling.... given all the other stuff they regulate, it seems like an odd oversight. Truth-in-labelling laws, and all that.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at March 31, 2006 12:28 PM

The problem with letting the designers be the "artists" is that they don't really want to work with the human body as a canvas. That's why models are stick-insects and why the more expensive clothing lines don't make anything larger than a size 8. The designers don't like the way their clothes look on an actual body.

(I suspect Congress doesn't regulate clothing labels because the industry and a lot of consumers don't want them to. Every few years, the industry quietly "resizes" everything so that a woman who wore a size twelve last year wears a size ten this year. Makes the consumer feel good about themselves.)

Posted by Anne at March 31, 2006 06:39 PM