So much is happening in the world, most of it stemming from Trump and his policy to ban certain immigrants from coming into America. The travel ban that Trump introduced was shocking enough, but so many individuals that are not citizens still bring their talents to life in America.
The fashion industry’s influential icons have been speaking out about the issue, even on clothing. They have every right to – considering they are immigrants themselves. Designers Prabal Gurung, Diana von Furstenberg and Joseph Altuzarra have been vocalizing their opinions about what politics might do to them and their collections that have brought the fashion industry into fame.
The Council of Fashion Designers in America, an industry trade group and FWD.us, which is an organization aimed to protect the global scale that fashion designers are on when they are working in the fashion industry. Trump’s policies that he may think are helping the United States of America are way more dangerous to immigrants already living here.
Without high-end designers (and everyone else, of course), the fashion industry will be rid of the diversity that America needs and is building. It is incredible to see cultures come together and support one another through fashion, whether it would be designing clothing or modeling them.
Concerns about the travel ban, which is the polite way of putting it, have brought up two reasons of not working. One, the ban would limit fashion designers and America would not have access to the young, delightfully amazing expertise that emits from the fashion industry. The other reason is the troublesome costs of the immigration system, including visa approvals, paperwork, and legal fees. America was not the easiest country to get into before the travel ban, why make it even harder?
Findings of what is needed for immigrant fashion designers were pulled together by policy experts and they have discussed what could happen if the travel ban ends up being permanent.
The reports that went public listed 40 percent of international students enrolled in Parson’s School of Design in NYC, and 50 percent of designers hire international qualified designers to be on their team. Not being able to hire someone who is not an American citizen has actually hurt designer’s businesses because they lose out on skills.
There are often more than 80,000 workers that are hired for the fashion industry that are not in America, which gives an obvious point in Trump’s direction. It would be a waste if the fashion industry collapsed because of the lack of teamwork that has brought extravagant apparel into society.
The fashion industry relies heavily on the HB-1 visas that are granted specifically to people that will be on board with designers. There is also another visa called the O-1 visa that lets individuals with extraordinary ability in education, science, athletics, business, and art and modeling employees come and work in The States.
The best talent comes from outside forces and recruits trained people who want to achieve their goals of working in the fashion industry.
People come to America to grow and build a life. Why take that away from them?