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Welcome to Organic Fashion, a new Filles on Film feature that spotlights all fashion with no filler. Fast-fashion, a crowded fashion week calendar, and street-style chaos has some fashion lovers wishing for a return to a simpler time when fashion shows weren't mobbed by street style photogs and fashion houses weren't lumped together in such fashion behemoths as Kering and PPR.
Organic Fashion features everything from slow fashion companies to the shouts and murmurs from fashion insiders.
Dear Fashion Industry,
Beware of privileging the privileged. Keep the door open to the self-invented superfreaks from the crap towns. This is the only way to keep fashion vital and creative. Thanks awfully.Love,
Last month, Slate featured an excerpt from Doonan's book. In the excerpt, Doonan tells the tale of how he made it out of a small, working-class town in England and start a successful career in fashion in New York City.
At the end of the excerpt, Doonan pens a short open letter to the fashion industry (above). For Doonan, fashion offered a refuge, a place where like-minded "freaks" could come together and work in a creative environment where their freakishness was not only accepted, but embraced.
Now, the path to a fashion career often starts with an internship. An unpaid internship. The people who are most likely to apply for unpaid internships are those who are already supported financially. In other words, rich kids with rich parents. So where does that leave the the superfreak from a small town in New York City? Probably at a local coffee shop as a barista.
****Update:Conde Nast ends its internship program in response to lawsuits:Click here to read more about the end of the internship program on NYmag.