I have been studying fashion design at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) for three years and have spent a year abroad in Milan. I am now interning for Catherine Malandrino and next month I graduate with a BFA in knitwear. I eat, live, and breathe fashion. Just by way of an introduction. . . .
I've noticed that some tend to blame the fashion industry for there being no modest clothes on the market when in terms of the mainstream market, that is the fault of the fashion merchandisers and marketers who work with a supply and demand ethic. If anything, the fashion world is trying to keep women covered. For example; my favorite designer label Salvatore Ferragamo just recently had a change of chief executive designer because Cristina Ortiz (the previous designer) in fall 2009 came out with a collection that featured see-through sweaters which revealed everything.
The collection was poorly received by the press and she was actually asked to leave Ferragamo; she was then replaced by Massimilano Giornetti (the men's wear designer for Ferragamo) who just came out with Fall 2010 which is absolutely beautiful and wearable.
When one refers to the fashion industry, there is a huge difference in design, production, and aesthetic between the fashion found at J.C.Penny’s and that which is found at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Ave.