Should fashion designers be idolised?
Traumatic experiences in life make you stronger.
In late 1999, my mum was diagnosed with a condition called Bell's palsy. For those who aren't familiar with this illness, it's a sudden weakness in the muscles on one half of the face & damage to the facial nerve causing the face to droop.
My mum's diagnosis came straight after the loss of her brother in the Athens earthquake the same year.
A couple of years ago, I started raving on to mum about an Australian fashion designer named Camilla.
I showed her Camilla's designs, which she absolutely loved and became so infatuated with the fabric patterns, colours & overall design.
Her condition at this stage, was so insignificant, it was as though Camilla's designs brought life back into her.
This made me think, fashion designers are creators of not only fashion but emotions, like happiness, hope & transformation.
For the first time in a long time, I saw excitement & genuine interest on mum's face, which made me ecstatic . So I decided to start researching Camilla Franks & the history behind the fashion label.
What I found out was an astonishing discovery, Camilla has Bell's palsy like mum & had also lost her brother.
I immediately told mum, she was surprised & sad but proud of Camilla's strength & success. My mum's perspective on life has changed due to Camilla, because through her designs mum sees her determination & perseverance regardless of her illness.
Fashion designers are idolised for different reasons, everyone's personal circumstances often reflect towards anothers.
Just remember that everyone has S**T going on...
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