Is fashion harming mental health?

Intense pressure the fashion industry places on the people working in it as World Mental Health Day shines a light on the issues.

Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director and founder of Off-White, plans to cut back his frantic schedule. A working week for Abloh is said to include up to eight international flights a week. Virgil announced last month that he will take a few months off work and will “shift gears” to slow down his work load to look after his mental health.

Unfortunately, Abloh is just one of many prominent fashion figures who has spoken out about how their job affects their mental and physical health. Other designers have voiced their concerns about the often-brutal pace of the industry. Fashion designer Raf Simons has spoken out about the pressure of creating six shows a year while working at French fashion house Dior.

The Mental Health Foundation reported that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Research by the University of Ulster found last year that people in the creative industries are three times more likely to experience mental health issues.With the constant pressure to be ahead of ever-faster trends, to be on form at endless rounds of social events and to work at unsociable hours presents its own unique challenges while working In the fashion industry.