'If they don't want to work with us, they don't have to': Marc Jacobs hits back at claims that he doesn't pay his models
Speaking out: Marc Jacobs has hit back at accusations that he doesn't pay his models
Marc Jacobs has given a clear message about his views on not financially rewarding the people he employs to make his clothes look good.
The designer has come under fire for not paying his models and
making them work unfairly long hours in the process.
In response to the accusations, he said on Twitter today: 'If they don't want to work w/ us, they don't have to.'
One model has revealed that she was not paid for over 30 hours of
work for the designer during New York fashion week.
Hailey Hasbrook, 17, from Oregon, said that she also worked
beyond midnight for the designer, which flouts a guideline of the Council of Fashion
Designers of America, of which Jacobs is a key board member.
The council advises
that models under the age of eighteen should not work past midnight.
Miss Hasbrook told WWD about her demanding workload.
‘One night I did looks for Marc Jacobs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and
then the next day I was there until 4:30 in the morning. And I had Theyskens'
Theory the next morning with an 8 a.m. call time.’
She went onto describe how she was called back for more fittings,
which ran over, causing her to miss another high profile appointment, despite
her agency Elite requesting an early night for their charge.
‘I get a call from my agency saying Marc wants me BACK to do more
looks,’ she said on her Tumblr blog.
‘They told him that I would do it but I had to have an early night
because I had shows early the next morning. They told me that I shouldn't be
there any later than 10:30.
Model parade: Catwalkers at the finale of the Marc Jacobs show at New York fashion week. Models are regularly not paid in money but in exchange for clothes and accessories, which are known as 'trade' items
‘Well, 10:30 rolls around and I ask Shawn if he knows when I will
be ready to leave. Only to find out that they have me booked open-ended.
Meaning that they had no specific end time for me. After a couple phone calls,
they decided on 2:00 am.
‘I didn't end up leaving until around 4:30 in morning.’
Hasbrook ended up being booked for both the Marc Jacobs
and Marc by Marc Jacobs shows and stressed that she was happy to be only paid in 'trade' items – free
clothing and accessories – and that the Marc Jacobs team were 'super awesome and nice'.
Hats off: After nine gruelling and unpaid hours of fittings, Miss Hasbrook, who also walked the runway at Proenza Schouler (left) and for other designers during the event, was booked for the Marc Jacobs show (right)
Take a bow: Marc Jacobs is one of the most admired fashion designers in the world and is a key board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
It is not unusual for
models to be paid in trade as, under U.S. law they are seen as
independent contractors and therefore are not protected by basic
employment laws, including minimum wage.
As a result, models working on fashion shows in America often end up owing their agencies money, once travel costs and
administration fees are taken into account.
But they have little choice if they want to stay on the right side of influential designers, who can make or break careers.