Everybody’s favorite Project Runway host Tim Gunn recently proved a brave voice in an interview with Huffington Post, where he not only lambasted designers for their skinny elitism, but also called out the Andrej Pejic phenomenon.
He talked about the stigma of larger sizes, and noticed that women who are neither tall nor thin are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to dressing well. Most designers refuse to create clothes for plus-sized women, and Gunn says it leaves a huge need in the market. As much as we love kooky Karl Lagerfeld, it’s delightful to witness a kinder, more honest attitude from within the industry.
And frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite. And most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.
He continues to say that the few clothes that are offered in larger sizes make him want to die. Literally.
Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it’s the eighth floor, and it’s just a department called ‘Woman. It’s rather devastating. You’ve never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it’s simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I’d throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It’s insulting what these designers do to these women.
But Gunn acknowledges that the sizism of the fashion world is even more deep-rooted than the issues of plus-size women. Many designers seem to hate the female form, and as models get younger and thinner, their absurd abhorrence of flesh and curviness become more apparent and vile.
I mean, there are so many models walking the runway who haven’t even gone through puberty, and this is not real world.
Gunn thinks this mentality is perfectly shown by the success of androgynous model Andej Pejic.
The designers love him because he doesn’t have any hips, and women aren’t going to look like that.
So many truth bombs, all in a row. You can read more of Gunn’s criticism over at HuffPo.
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