Edinburgh advises "girl" students to spend £1,000 on graduation outfit
Edinburgh University have come under fire after publishing an article on their website offering fashion tips for graduation.
The article, which has since been removed, was sent out in a University newsletter and included advice such as "girls, this is your time to invest in some sophisticated glamour" before offering a list of extremely expensive items of clothing graduands should buy, like as Gianvito Rossi heels and a proenza schouler clutch bag worth £785.
The article ended with the line "Remember, image is everything!", to people who have spent the last three years working on improving their minds.
The article has been mocked online by some people for the retro fashion advice.
Ivana Trump, circa 1993.
Whilst others are just impressed at the fine balance of sexism and classism.
One graduate wondered whether she'd be rejected at the graduation ceremony for buying a dress on a budget less than the £1,000 it would cost to buy all the items they specified.
Mainly, though, people were angry about the "Bad bad uni" being sexist.
4 years hard work, and a degree later, apparently the only thing that matters is 'image is everything'. https://t.co/HokDkUSqeO— Isobel Dew (@isobelkdew) May 19, 2016
@HanJMWright Bad bad uni.— Isobel Dew (@isobelkdew) May 19, 2016
I feel like the universe keeps sending me signs not to go to Edinburgh University. The sexist graduation post thing is one of them.— Lauren (@_winemom) May 20, 2016
Edinburgh have apologised for the article and removed it from their site, admitting it wasn't the best advice to send out for graduation.
Apologies for the graduation fashion advice posted in the latest Student newsletter - it wasn't appropriate & it has been removed.— Edinburgh University (@EdinburghUni) May 19, 2016
Harvey Nichols, who wrote the article which Edinburgh published, said of the article they wrote:
"The comments put forward are not reflective of our company’s brand values and as such have been taken down. We’d like to apologise for any offence caused."
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