In a conversation with Karlie Kloss and Peter Arnold, Brandon Maxwell spoke at length about opening doors for the next generation of talent he believes will answer “many of the problems that we have in the industry.”
Kloss posed a question to Arnold and Maxwell, saying, “Do you think there’s enough visibility to young people?” Maxwell believes the young adults are “ill-prepared” to enter the industry and that is what he and his peers have done wrong.
“This job is hard work, this job is sacrifice and this job is struggle, and I don’t think that we tell that to young people,” Maxwell said. “I think that we tell them as long as everything is filtered nicely and as long as everything looks good you’ll be successful and you’ll be famous. And that is a lie.”
Arnold added, “We work with 62 schools to make sure that those schools are in fact training these kids for the opportunities that are appropriate for them, that are in fact available for them, that will allow them to succeed not just as a named designer but just being in the industry.”
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