Sabyasachi Apologises After Being Slammed for Post on Overdressed Women Being "Most Likely Wounded"

Sabyasachi Apologises After Being Slammed for Post on Overdressed Women Being "Most Likely Wounded"

Sabyasachi Mukherjee has come under fire for his recent social media campaign in which he shared the opinion that women who are “overdressed” are "most likely wounded"
Sabyasachi Apologises After Being Slammed for Post on Overdressed Women Being "Most Likely Wounded"
Sabyasachi Mukherjee

In a first, Indian couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee has come under fire for his recent social media campaign in which he shared the opinion that women who are “overdressed” are "most likely wounded".  His comment and views did not sit well with many and garnered a lot of criticism on social media. Netizens slammed the designer for his rather objectionable post which remains on the designer’s page. Many took to social media platforms to express their views on his statement while others have been downright outraged by his opinions.

After social media was abuzz with negative comments on the brand’s creative head, Sabyasachi issued a statement to clear his stance and give his followers a better understanding of where his statement was coming from.

“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,” he began his 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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He went on to explain, “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.”

The designer then went on to open up about how he suffered from depression as a teenager. “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.”

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of India’s most celebrated designers and is responsible for creating costumes for films including Baabul, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and English Vinglish. He also created bridal looks for Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma last year.

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