WASHINGTON — As the fashion industry and its critics have increasingly focused on the fashion world’s “real” consumers — women, for example, and men — fashion designer Andrew Scott has been working to change perceptions of what constitutes a “real woman.”
“There’s no such thing as a real man.
There are real women,” Scott, a professor at Columbia Business School and author of The Real Women Who Work, told The Next WDW.
“There’s a difference between real woman and real man.”
Scott is among a handful of women in the fashion and fashion design industry who are changing the conversation about who’s a real woman, by creating products that emphasize the difference between “realness” and “authenticity.”
The products include men’s clothing and accessories and men’s shoes and accessories.
Scott says he’s often surprised by how quickly he has noticed a shift in how the world views women and men, and how many of them have changed their own fashion styles.
“There are a lot of women who look at fashion and the women’s clothing industry and say, ‘Wow, I just saw this, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, there’s no way a woman can look like that,'” Scott said.
“Women are just not supposed to be like that.
They’re supposed to wear dresses and not be like a skirt.”
A few years ago, a pair of black and white jeans would have been seen as a woman’s only option, according to Scott, but now it’s a woman who is wearing them.
“It’s like, I know I look a certain way and it doesn’t make sense for me to be wearing a dress.
So I think it’s more of a statement about women in general, and specifically women of color and the way they dress, rather than a statement on the clothing industry,” he said.
While the real-life “real women” often wear dresses, shoes and hats that mimic the styles of fashion-forward fashionistas such as Karl Lagerfeld, the real women who wear them often don’t have a style as extreme as the ones worn by celebrities.
They don’t often wear a headscarf or wear high heels, Scott said, instead preferring to wear jeans, t-shirts and T-shirts with a bit of a conservative flair.
The reason, Scott says, is simple.
“They want to be comfortable.
I want to feel comfortable.
They want to have something that is a bit more masculine.
They know that if they don’t wear a tie and a tie, that means they don to want to wear a dress,” he added.”
The real women want to look like the real thing, and they don