The Future of Fashion Looks Bigger and Better
Some changes are afoot in the fashion world, and it's about time! New York Fashion Week featured more "regular people" and "plus size" models than ever before. Is this a sign that more designers will start making clothing that will fit larger women? Time will tell. But it's definitely a step in the right direction, don't you think?
The tiny size 0 and size 2 models do not represent the average woman. Yet clothing makers have catered to slim figures, leaving a huge number of women out of the picture. That has fashion expert, educator, author and "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn up in arms. He just wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Washington Post calling on designers to make a change. He says among other good reasons to design for larger women, clothing companies stand to make a lot of money by expanding their audience. Gunn says that with more than 100 million plus size women in America, designing for them makes good business sense.
J Crew did something cool this time. Their Fashion Week models were selected among regular people who are not professional models.
Christian Siriano featured several plus size models in his show and recently designed a beautiful dress for actress Leslie Jones from Ghostbusters. Apparently no other designer was willing to dress her!
Here's hoping these developments on the runways and red carpets are going to signal a change in the industry. The more shapes and sizes the better, in my opinion.
What do you think? Would you like to see more inclusive sizing and larger size models on the catwalks, in magazines, and in commercials?