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When watching fashion shows it's fair to say that most people don't think about the actual price tags of the intricate garments worn by the models. Although most collections are Ready To Wear, it seems almost impossible to think of a regular, Size 14 woman wearing these clothes; when, for example, would a young single mother have occasion to wear Simone Rocha's semi-sheer organza gown? It's for this reason that many people see fashion as an elitist industry, which is a stereotype that many would dispute, but all the evidence would suggest otherwise. Browsing through online boutique www.net-a-porter.com is both a great delight and a great shock - although some of the pieces are lower in price (and by lower in price I mean less than £200..) it is true that the general price range is between £300 and £600. Anna Wintour famously said that those who feign disinterest in fashion do so only because they feel that they don't belong. Is it really surprising that this is the case? Given today's economic climate, many cannot afford designer fashion, and the world of high fashion remains one which many people are unable to buy into. So, the question must be asked; is the world of fashion too exclusive? To compete, should designers compromise quality but lower prices so that more people are able to afford their designs? What do you guys think?