Mximas designer under fire

8th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Argentinian dress designer Jorge Ibáñez, who also dresses Princess Máxima, is under fire as his clothes are allegedly made in an illegal sweatshop.

The conditions in the clothing factory in Buenos Aires, where Ibáñez’s clothes have allegedly been made for the past four years, are paramount to slavery, the Argentinian non-governmental organisation La Alameda told Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

The human rights organisation clandestinely filmed in the sweatshop and has filed a complaint against owner Lucía Núñez with the authorities.

Slave dresses The NGO rules out that Princess Máxima could have known about the conditions in the factory. She is not the only well-known person to wear dresses designed by Ibáñez, Sex & The City actress Sarah Jessica Parker and numerous famous Argentinian women also are among his clients. The so-called “slave dresses” are also manufactured for two other top designers.

The factory is underground and employees are forced to work from six in the morning until ten at night. They earn half of the minimal legal wage and have no welfare facilities.

The illegal workers are skilled, many are from Bolivia and Paraguay. Ibáñez denies that his clothes are made in the factory. He says, the owner has stolen the label.

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