During a Q&A last night with WWD’s executive editor Bridget Foley, Marc Jacobs - the man behind his own label as well as fashion giant Louis Vuitton - sparked an interesting debate on how male designers can be seen as objectifying women through their sometimes-provocative creations winging down the runways.
L-R Donatella's SS13 Versace collection, Marc Jacob's Louis Vuitton SS13 collection and Tom Ford SS13
Speaking about female designers, the designer said that while female designers can send scantily clad models down the catwalk, for men there are more complex issues. "When Miuccia sends a woman out in a Prada show in a fur jacket and panties, nobody thinks she’s making fun of women. But a guy doing that becomes sort of sexist," opined Jacobs.
Marc Jacobs (left) and Tom Ford (right) weigh in on the debate
Marc isn’t the first designer to raise the thorny issues around men designing for women. Remember when we brought you Tom Ford’s opinion on the matter? He told Interview Magazine, 'I'm an equal-opportunity objectifier. Because I make the detachment I'm capable of objectifying a beautiful woman but that doesn't demean her in any way.' Basically Ford argues that he 'detaches' himself from sexual connotations and can therefore objectify women in a non-mysoginistic way...confused? We feel your pain.
So do you reckon that objectification is genderless? Does it matter if a man or woman designs sexy outfits for female models? Do risque womenswear outfits created by a male designer come across as sexist?
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts below....