Do I sense a weight revolution in the fashion industry?
"...fashion has embraced Michelle Obama, Beth Ditto, and Oprah Winfrey as style icons. They've been wooed, dressed, put on magazine covers ... If we didn't know any better, we'd think diversity was being embraced. That women of all shapes, colors, and sizes were being celebrated. That is, until we see the runways ... Givhan ... issues this challenge to designers. 'To hone their skills so that they can cut a dress in a size 14 as expertly — and frequently — as they cut one in a size 6.' Having seen Beth Ditto embraced in her sequined bra top at the Fendi party last week and on the cover of Love, surely the fashion world is becoming a touch more open-minded? ... If real women have curves, isn't it time we acknowledge those curves?" [taken from The Cut]
Here's what I think. Until fuller women actually hit the runaways (and "fuller" does not include Adriana Lima who recently walked for Givenchy and is still thin, just not waify), a revolution is still far off. Designers simply designing for larger women is not going to change the American ideology of beauty, but I suppose it's a start.