L`Wren Scott, a woman that seemed to have it all has passed away this week, leaving the public to question the dark side of fashion. Scott seemed to have it all, a rock star boyfriend with homes in Paris, London and New York. She often vacationed in private islands while entertaining many of the worlds rich and famous. And yet behind those imaginary doors layed a tortured woman who was said to be facing bankruptcy. The 6 foot 3 inch beauty hung herself in her New York apartment in what the media is reporting as a suicide based on pride.
Scott began her career as a model in the 1980s; the 6ft 3in model took the fashion world by storm, modeling for fashion houses like Chanel. By 1993 she moved to Los Angeles and became a stylist for famed photographer Herb Ritts. Scott then branched out and made a name for herself as a celebrity stylist, among the people she styled are Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julia Roberts. In 2001 she met and began a romantic relationship with Mike Jagger. She was often photographed with him at events, as well as on their luxurious getaways. With Jagger’s support Scott launched Scott her own fashion line in 2006; among the celebrities that wore her fashions are Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Scott’s designs retailed for well over $1,000, limiting her market to the high end clients she was would rub elbows with, and celebrities alike. In order to reach the masses Scott collaborated with Banana Republic for a collection filled sophistication and a little rock ‘n roll.
Scott is not the first fashion designer to come face to face with the dark side of fashion. Others who have committed suicide include the famed designer Alexander McQueen, who hung himself in 2010. In 2007 Isabella Blow, known for discovering McQueen and for being Anna Wintour’s assistant committed suicide by drinking weedkiller. Others like John Galliano have become been pushed away from the industry after what are being called nervous breakdowns. According to The Telegraph, at the time Galliano went on the anti-Semitic rant heard around the world he was designing 32 collections a year. Another, an unnamed source, also told The Telegraph that the only recognition received after a suicide attempt was a leather bracelet to cover the scars left on the wrist. On the outside Scott seemed to have it all, fame and connections, a jet-set life, and respect in the fashion industry.
There are also the economic perils that come with designing, putting on a show, and being able to properly sell the clothing. With such pressures, and rumours of a crumbling empire Scott succumbed. The dark side of the fashion world no longer only applies to modeling, where drugs and eating disorders have been public knowledge for years. With Scott’s death, the public is now aware that the life designers try to sell in advertisements is not the life they live. With expensive fashion shows, manufacturing, and promotion, and campaigns, many designers never achieve the level of success assumed.
Opinion By Dony Lugo