Charlotte Hess 
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Re: “CFW Night 5: Hannah Goff wins emerging designer competition

A copy of the letter I sent to the editor about this article:

Dear Editor,

While I am appreciative of your March 25th coverage of my Fall runway presentation at Charleston Fashion week, I feel I must correct a misunderstanding that could lead your readers to believe that I am insensitive of Charleston's rich history and disrespectful to a city that has welcomed and supported me and my craft. In a review of Charleston Fashion Week Erin Perkins, stated, "it wasn't exactly subtle that Hess was remarking on the connection between cotton, slavery, and Charleston... [the] politics and vaudevillian overtones of the final walk overshadowed the clothes." It was unfortunate that Perkins was unable to attend any of the press interviews I gave leading up to my show, where I shared my inspirations to the media. My collection was inspired by Dust Bowl and Depression era farmers. I personally, am not the kind of designer to use the runway as a vehicle to promote my own personal or political agenda, yet some designers are and I respect their decision to do that. And the finale dance was merely an extension of my personality, a fact that I wanted to have fun and I wanted the show to be fun. There was no ulterior meaning behind it. Perkins' tone in her article suggests a large degree of negativity where there was none. I would never have purposely shown anything that in the wrong light could be perceived as insulting and tasteless to my audience. The farmers I choose as my inspiration were merely the perfect backdrop for an entirely handmade collection, a celebration to traditional arts and a time where out of necessity people had to make their own clothes or make do and make mend. While my collection was handmade and hand knit, it was also hand woven, an incredible detail that was lost in the review. Again, I am grateful for the positive attention that your publication has given me both now and in the past, but I encourage your writers in the future not to paint such an absolute picture of what motivation or inspirations a designer may have as it may not hold true or do justice to the designer or the writer.

Sincerely,
Charlotte Hess

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Posted by Charlotte Hess on April 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM
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