Sexy plus-size images of role models in bikinis might be encouraging, but high fashion is slow to get it.
In Melissa McCarthy’s Redbook cover story, she reveals the shocking truth that even a celebrity can’t inspire some high-end designers to make a dress that fits her size. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no,” she told Redbook.
She’ll have the last laugh though, if she ever gets around to creating the plus-size line she promised.
Unforgivable prejudice aside, designing a dress for Melissa McCarthy would have meant splashy good news for any label. It’s lame they passed up on the opportunity to show a fashion-forward look on a woman her size. Further, it’s a financially costly blind spot for high fashion to have too.