With Brexit Comes The Biggest Breakup For the Fashion Industry

The fashion, art and culture circles of Britain are devastated by this conscious uncoupling.

Published25 Jun 2016, 03:33 AM IST
World
3 min read

It’s out. The result and Britain!

But even though more than half the British people hate the European Union right now, and are most joyous about their breakup with it – Nigel Farage’s sly laughter in the background notwithstanding – the fact is that Britain still looks up to its continental cousins for aesthetic inspiration. And also as a Chief Market for its soft exports.

Needless to say, the fashion, arts and culture of the island are devastated by this conscious uncoupling.

Anish Kapoor says he was horrified by the outcome of the vote. (Photo: Facebook)
Anish Kapoor says he was horrified by the outcome of the vote. (Photo: Facebook)

British-Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor, said he was “horrified”, and especially “worried” by the outcome of Thursday’s vote, that called for Britain to move away from EU, in an interview to the French-based Telerama.

I dread this result because there is something underlying that bothers me: this highlights xenophobia and latent intolerance... that are both really very very dangerous.
Anish Kapoor to Telerama

Oh the humanity.... #brexit

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Britain and Europe have always had a symbiotic co-existence in the artistic space. London and Paris, two of the world’s biggest fashion capitals, share more than a common currency. The Men’s Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017, currently underway right now, exemplifies this cross pollination, with a very British Kim Jones heading the men’s division of Louis Vuitton, the biggest luxury house in Paris.

Indeed his alma-mater, London-based Central Saint Martins, has educated and produced talent from all around the European Union. Will Europeans come to the institution to learn fashion any more remains uncertain with the outcome of Friday’s events.

A model wears a creation for Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2017 fashion collection presented on 23 June in Paris. (Photo: AP)
A model wears a creation for Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring Summer 2017 fashion collection presented on 23 June in Paris. (Photo: AP)

British-fashion designer Vivienne Westwood shared her sorrow for the referendum, when she put up an artwork from Sex Pistols’ album, No Future, UK?

Indeed, the album’s name eerily spells the situation of today.

Artwork  shared by Vivienne Westwood. (Photo: Instagram/Viviene Westwood)
Artwork shared by Vivienne Westwood. (Photo: Instagram/Viviene Westwood)

Back home, Mumbai-based store Le Mill, that houses multi-brand creations from the likes of British-designer Alexander McQueen, the Greek Mary Katrantzou, the Parisian Nina Ricci, and the British Stella McCartney terms the result, “a sad day for the UK, sad day for Europe and a sad day for the world”.

Hope 🇬🇧🇪🇺 #Brexit #Stronger #Remain Image By Lucille Clerc

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#SaniXit: When you exit sanity for nationalistic reasons. #BreXit

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Designers Ankur & Priyanka Modi, the duo behind AM:PM, highlight the fragility of Indian fashion while exporting to the UK now.

The Brexit is a short-term blow to Indian businesses that might be exporting to the UK, as their purchasing power may weaken with the foreseen weakening of the pound. 
Designers Ankur & Priyanka Modi

Many Indian designers like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Arora have their collections in London’s leading stores. To them, to Europe and to the rest of the world, London won’t be the same anymore.

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