My comment is a bit different than "why was so-in-so" voted off? My question/comment is of a social/cultural nature.
We worry so about unemployment in this country. It seems to me that "The Fashion Show" and others like it could be leaders in the "re-employment" of Americans. I understand that much of you fabric is fashioned abroad, China. India, etc., and, perhaps that cannot readily be changed.
However, your designers could play a major part in continuing to have their garments not only designed but, continued to be created in America. These are the young "up-and-comers" and they can have a say in where their work is done, in where it continues to be done. The designers who are becoming the new faces of clothing design can also be the "new faces of the garment, the schamata district.
President Reagan, though supposedly begun during the Kennedy years, killed millions of jobs by deregulation. Of course, a number of Presidents went before him, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Am I suggesting a return to pre-WWII "isolationism?" Of course not. But, there are certain industries that can move to the forefront when it comes to bringing jobs HOME to the U.S.
And, one of those industries . . . Fashion Design! The designers on your show are "small business people," Mom-and-pop" so to speak. They can determine who reproduces and where their fashions are made.
So, why can't "the Fashion Show" and its designers revert to the ideology of the old song of the '70s. "Look for the union label, when you are buying that coat, dress, or blouse. Remember somewhere our union's sewing, our wages going to feed kids, and run the house. We work hard, but who's complaining? Thanks to the I.L.G. we're paying our way? So, always look for the union label, it says we're able to make it in the U.S.A.!"
Now, of course, the I.L.G. is the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, and I am in no way suggesting we return either to "unionism" or to a "sexist" organization.
However, what I am suggesting is that your program participants, and those of other "reality shows," whenever possibly achievable, make their purchases made in and grown in the U.S.A. and, make it exceedingly obvious that that is what is being done.
Iman, you have been known to do much for your homeland of Somalia. Mr. Mizrahi, both you and Iman, whom I believe is now a U.S. citizen, have garnered much from this country. Perhaps this is a way, among the other charitable things you do, in which you are able assist, though in perhaps a smaller way, help garment workers who lost their jobs "en masse," to once again get back to work . . . you and the designers whom you are providing a chance to place their wares before the American public . . . ways they most likely would never have known, had it not been for your program.
I enjoy your show and am quite taken with the talents of the participants, how they are able to take a piece of material and form a wonderful garment. (I say "wonderful" because, whether or not the judges appreciate what the designer has done, while most reality shows promote the individuals for having relative no talent at all, athletically, you bring together growing talent. I am amazed at how one is able to cut, fashion, and sew a piece of fabric into a garment. They are truly a group of talented individuals
Isaac you are enormously talented. I even own a couple of your dresses plus extra things. I believe in supporting our American designers as well. I am also a huge Rebecca Minkoff addict! Oh that would be wonderous if she could be on a future show?? The big thing I love about these design shows on Bravo is not just the new designers we get to watch and see their careers blossom, but also the models. For once we normal everyday women get to see what people look like untouched, no airbrushing to realize we really don't have so many often self imagined flaws and may be just as or even more beautiful than some of the models (I truly believe now that every woman is)....me would be minus the long legs...but I love that!! For too long we have been forced by the fashion industry to beat ourselves up for thinking we weren't perfect enough! Thank You Isaac for participating in such a show. I am sure I speak for many being truly thankful. Its so exciting to watch designers that so many of us will be purchasing from in the very near future. Love love love you!! xoxo