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    Here is another article that connected Prada with casting prepubescent girls, as a strategy against the supermodels in the 90s.

    The opening slots and exclusives of Prada...so coveted and precious, a first exit in that space meant a star was born. That is until Prada itself (for we must imagine Prada an entity, and a very mercurial one at that) seemed to grow annoyed with all this pedestrian star-is-born drama and swung as randomly and mercurially as it wished. To the point that its Fall 2011 campaign featured 4 girls who not only did not set foot on a Prada catwalk, these girls had hardly set foot outside the little farm towns and villages they seemed to have been gleaned from. Beyond Prada it is the tone, everywhere on every runway. Every designer is doing as he or she will with these roaming bands of awkward new girls and every show increasingly a hermetic and self-enclosed statement of a single designer's current whim. There's very little connection or continuity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fadetogrey View Post
    Just throwing an idea out there, but perhaps in some cases could the use of very thin "hanger" models be mirroring highly stylized design sketches- if a designer sketches and imagines a garment on a very thin elongated croque, and tries to recreate that look on a live person. If you look at most fashion illustration throughout the early 20th century, the forms are quite representative of real life proportions.
    u are almost touching on a point i was gonna make earlier but forgot. there is a difference in how proportions of a person/object in a two dimensional (and scaled-down) image (like a photo or sketch) is perceived compared to seeing the same person/object three dimensionally (and full scale). unhealthy proportions and weight issues will look much more absurd in real life (such as at a show) than in the photos from the same show. in a way i think this is part of what lies behind the development of rail thin models. the production of attractive images is one of the main drivers of the fashion business.

    just to give an analogy - we can experience a caricature drawing as almost more 'true' than the real person being charicatured.

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