What's Happening on the Modelling Side of the Fashion Industry

What's Happening on the Modelling Side of the Fashion Industry


By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP

Model Behaviour

With Toronto's Fashion Week kicking off this week [Oct. 22-26], Toronto's streets have been filled with models strutting between "go sees" for the last couple of weeks.  We thought this would be a good opportunity to see what's happening on the modelling side of the fashion industry.  

CanadaFashionLaw has taken note of a growing awareness within the fashion industry of health issues specific to fashion models.  Click here to read up on some retailers' fresh approach to their advertisements.  Also, click here to read up on how models are taking matters into their own hands to create a more healthy work environment. 

Refreshingly, this past weekend Ryerson's School of Fashion hosted a conference dedicated to advocating for increased diversity on the catwalk, including age, size and race.  

Across the border, a number of modelling agencies have found themselves to be in hot water over a class action suit claiming that the agencies have been mixing agency funds with funds held on behalf of their models and profiting off the interest accrued.  

This is not the first time that modelling agencies have been involved in a class action suit in the US.  In fact, in 2005 they were subject to a multi-million dollar suit for fixing rates and commissions between agencies. 

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(C) Ashlee Froese, 2012. All rights reserved.

The contents herein are for informational purposes and do not constitute legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you seek a professional legal opinion in the event of a legal dispute.

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