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Tuesday Jul 09 2019
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Sabyasachi apologises for calling 'overdressed' women 'wounded'

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In his apology, Sabyasachi talks about a different perspective highlighting the insensitive and rude behaviour of some people towards the fashion choices of others/ Photo: YouTube

Ace fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee issued an apology on Sunday following the backlash he received for a post he shared on social media, terming "overdressed" women as "wounded".

His comment generated a discussion on social media with netizens slamming the designer for his objectionable post.

In his apology, Sabyasachi talks about a different perspective highlighting the insensitive and rude behaviour of some people towards the fashion choices of others.

"We, as a society, often get extremely judgmental about peoples’ clothing choices, calling them ‘overdressed’ or ‘tacky’ or ‘inappropriate’. We fail to understand that maybe some are using these as coping mechanisms to put on a brave front to make up for the lack of a support system." Sabyasachi expressed.

Opening up his struggle with depression, the designer suggested various ways for individuals to adapt, express and heal.

"I have coped with crippling depression as a teenager for seven years. I found my coping mechanism through radical clothing choices. I was sneered at and bullied, but it helped me find my way again,” he added.

The designer in his statement that he is aware of the fact that his message wasn't conveyed in an appropriate manner. "And for that, I would like to accept blame and offer an unconditional apology."

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I thought a lot about whether to post this, but sometimes it is important to set the record straight and get the right message across. Having been in the fashion industry for over 20 years, I have encountered it firsthand and commented about it in many of my interviews - how, while many women use fashion and beauty for joy and self-expression, others use it as ‘retail therapy’ to fill in the gaps and voids in their lives. We, as a society, often get extremely judgemental about peoples’ clothing choices, calling them ‘overdressed’ or ‘tacky’ or ‘inappropriate’. We fail to understand that maybe some are using these as coping mechanisms to put on a brave front to make up for the lack of a support system. The true essence of the post was to ask people to be aware, empathetic, and not judgemental of peoples’ personal clothing choices, which could be a manifestation of their internal anguish. One of the bigger issues in society today, that very few people address, is mental health, and a little bit of awareness, empathy and kindness go a long way in acknowledging it. I have coped with crippling depression as a teenager for 7 years. I found my coping mechanism through radical clothing choices.I was sneered at and bullied, but it helped me find my way again. When I was creating this jewellery collection, I referred to Tagore’s ‘Monihara’ because it talks about these issues, which are sadly more relevant today. And I, for one, have never shied away from speaking about uncomfortable truths, no matter how disruptive it might be for my personal gain. Because when power is given, social responsibility should not be shunned. The mistake, however, was to use the reference as a blanket statement, as sometimes when we are passionate about an issue, we end up becoming overzealous and hence, tone deaf. My sincere apologies for that. The original post (however flawed) was put up to invite introspection and debate about how love, sensitivity and compassion, alongside expressions of art, beauty and fashion can create a net positive in the world. I invite everyone to democratically join this debate. Regards, Sabyasachi

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On Friday, Sabyasachi, in a post wrote at length that a woman - "overdressed, caked with make-up and armoured with jewellery" - in all probability is "wounded".

In his post, Sabyasachi added that 'such women' "shine for the world" but are in reality, "bleeding inside". She needs healing, and nothing else, he said.


His post went viral but for all the wrong reasons and he received a lot of backlash on social media for his bizarre statement, as women make it a point to tell the designer that sometimes women "overdress" because they want to.


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