The Fashion Industry is Exclusive, Should We Expect its Coverage to Be Any Different?

Fashion is an inherently exclusive, uppity industry, one whose leading participants stage $500,000+ runway shows twice a year in order to sell $3,000+ handbags and dresses with price tags that are even more expensive to a small(ish) segment of the population. With this in mind, it should probably not be surprising that coverage of it tends to reflect that, explicitly or otherwise. This is something that at least some have argued is being demonstrated in connection with coverage of the death of American designer and businesswoman Kate Spade

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American Fashion Designer Kate Spade Dead at 55

Kate Spade has been found dead in New York in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Spade, 55, who was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, was found in her Park Avenue apartment at around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. The fashion designer and businesswoman became a household name after she launched her wildly successful eponymous brand in January 1993, alongside then soon-to-be husband Andy Spade. We did not know it at the time, but Kate Spade and her brand were leaders in what would become the multi-billion dollar market of accessible luxury.

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