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NEWS AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 13, 2022: A Caribbean immigrant fashion designer used her Spring 2023 Fashion Week collection to send a serious message on income inequality.

Brooklyn-based, Grenada-born designer Fe Noel teamed up with retirement agency services provider TIAA, and its initiative #RetireInequality, to highlight the glaring wage gaps between men and women with the debut of Noel’s “Dre$$” at her Spring 2023 show.

On average, women earn 83 cents on the dollar to every man. This number, compounded, means that by the end of her career, a full-time, working woman will have lost an average of $417,400 of income. To determine the symbolic number of 1.6 million to make the dress, Noel referenced The Center for American Progress’s calculations according to PAPER.

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The group found that with median return rates and investing 20% of earnings, the total money invested would accumulate to an additional $1.6 million in retirement funds.

“As a woman in the fashion industry, this initiative felt especially important to me,” Noel was quoted as saying. “More than 85% of majors from top fashion schools are female, but only around 14% of the top 50 major fashion brands are run by women.”

“The Dre$$ is a structured gown with a solid foundation; the direction of the dollar bills is purposeful; the finishings and corset are all designed to convey strength and structure – something women exhibit,” she added according to PAPER.

This Dre$$, however, is only the beginning of the brand’s fight to #RetireInequality. Noel is excited to continue using the runway as her platform. “Women’s clothing will always be our foundation – we are continuing to build on that business with our classic silhouettes while introducing new creations,” PAPER quoted her as saying.

See other designs from the 2023 collection HERE

A model walks the runway at the Fe Noel fashion show during September 2022 New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows )
Another model walks the runway at the Fe Noel fashion show during September 2022 New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
More models at the Fe Noel fashion show during September 2022 New York Fashion Week. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
Part of the Fe Noel fashion collection on September 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows )

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