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Full figures are no longer completely ignored by fashion.
This season, a number of designers cast multiple plus-size models in their shows, instead of the usual token few. Is there a real catwalk-body transformation underway?
Legendary runway coach and reality show star J. Alexander thinks it’s too soon to say.
“People are jumping on the bandwagon,” Alexander told The Post at the Dennis Basso show. “Let’s see what happens a year from now.”
Signs seem to be pointing to the positive as influential labels like Tommy X Zendaya and Savage X Fenty cast multiple models of all measurements, while Chromat, Tanya Taylor and Collina Strada celebrated major curves. Christian Siriano, a pioneer in the size-inclusive space, showed 15 out of 57 looks on larger ladies. “He’s been a driving force,” said Miss J, as he is known. “He should get a goddamn award for that.”
“All big girls don’t need caftans and they don’t need jersey dresses,” he continued. “Some big girls need structure and they need shape. My sisters all have big asses and big [boobs]. It’s not necessarily [that they have] trouble finding clothes, it’s finding things that they like. In our heads, we’ve been programmed to see thin on the runway. I think plus-size models represent a lot of women on the streets.”
Jay expressed irritation that some fashion houses don’t want to outfit certain actresses and television personalities because they don’t fit the brand’s image. “I don’t think they should say they don’t want to dress her,” he said. “You have an atelier there and she’s going to pay for the dress, so make the damn dress she’s paying for. F–k off!”
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