At least, that's what Robin Givhan asserts in her recent op-ed for The Cut. Her piece is primarily focused on the dilemma currently facing fashion blogging — namely, what happens when the blogging outsiders become real-deal, front-row insiders. While it's definitely worth a read, we couldn't help but be captivated by her descriptions of what runway shows were like just 10 years ago, before many of us started attending. So, let's climb in the wayback machine for a look at Fashion Week in the era B.S. (before smartphones), shall we?
Until a decade ago, Givhan writes, there was a front-row etiquette that most runway-show attendees observed: "Do not lean forward. Keep your legs tucked neatly under your seat, your handbag out of camera range, and any papers discreetly in your lap. Maintain a poker face. And do not take pictures. Seriously."
Sure, some attendees violated that unwritten rule. But, their penalty was swift and decisive. Givhan remembers Gladys Perint Palmer, former San Francisco Examiner fashion editor, taking photos at multiple shows — and, unlike those of us who take pics to burnish our social media reps with insider-y cred, Palmer was an accomplished illustrator who actually needed those pics to inspire her drawings. On multiple occasions, Givhan remembers being stunned "as security guards tackled [Palmer] when she pulled out her camera at a show."
Click over to The Cut to read more about fashion before blogging. It's a fascinating read — even if this writer couldn't help but feel somewhat implicated by Givhan's description of the modern showgoer. Suddenly, my Instagram full of second-row selfies feels so gauche. (The Cut)
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