Can Robots Address Unethical Issues in Fashion?

The fashion industry is one that is rife with ethical issues at the high end (haute couture, impossible body standards of models) to the low end (fast fashion, manufacturing).  Can robots solve these issues?

[NY Times] Fashion Finds a More Perfect Model: The Robot

This article mainly discusses how fashion is embracing the look of robots.  But could robots soon replace fashion models?

Fashion has been especially quick to seize on the notion that robots are slicker, more perfect versions of ourselves. In the last few months alone, androids have filtered into the glossies and stalked the runways of designers as audacious as Thom Browne and Rick Owens, and of inventive newcomers like David Koma, who riffed on fembot imagery in his fall 2015 collection for Mugler, sending out models in frocks that were patterned with soldering dots and faux computer circuitry.

In a Steven Klein photo shoot in the current Vogue, drones hover overhead, seeming to spy on a party of human models cavorting in a field. For the March issue of W magazine, he portrayed the designer Jason Wu wrapped in the arms of a tin man.

[Reuters] Meet Lulu Hashimoto, the 'living doll' fashion model

Not far behind is Japan, where a doll with the motion of a human is co-existing with humans, is active in the fashion scene, and is being idoloized.

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, a “living doll” and the latest trend in Tokyo’s fashion modeling scene.

Lulu’s ability to blur the line between reality and fiction has mesmerized fans on social media, where the Lulu Twitter and Instagram accounts have drawn tens of thousands of followers.

While popular among fans of Japanese subculture, Lulu is now turning heads at the annual Miss iD beauty pageant where she is among the 134 semi-finalists chosen from around 4,000 entrants.
While automation does take away human jobs, the current frenzy over cheap clothing has created a whole host of unethical labor issues—like the ones that recently caused a factory fire in India killing 13 people—and robots could potentially avert that.

Robots in apparel manufacturing may be good, or they may be bad. They may give us cheap clothes and U.S. jobs (at managerial and administrative level), or they may detrimentally impact the economies of developing nations.