Elena Miroglio‘s plus-sized label has kicked off Milan Fashion Week every year for the last five years, but Agence France Press reports the presentation for her spring 2011 collection was excluded from this week’s official program.
Mario Boselli, head of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, justified the move by saying: “Some labels just weren’t in line with what ready-to-wear week should be. We wanted to champion the values of creativity to reaffirm Milan’s role in the world.”
We’ll get to Boselli’s comment in just a moment, right after we point out that the Elena Miro show was packed to capacity at an off-site location last night. The AFP story described it as “standing room only.”
Now, correct us if we’re wrong, but we think it takes mindboggling amounts of creativity to be a fashion designer of any kind. If Miroglio was simply aping the designs of high-end designers and trying to fit them to larger women, then Boselli’s explanation might be passable. But what she and other plus-sized designers actually do is make clothes that accommodate those women the industry would rather pretend don’t exist.
“Every kind of woman should be represented on the catwalk,” Miroglio said. “This kind of soft woman likes to dress like everyone else.”
In celebration of that happy fact, Miroglio showed a collection of ’50s inspired sportswear in neutral colors, which she described as “positive and sunny.”
And in an industry oft supported by all sorts of drama and ugliness, a little positivity — to say nothing of healthy body image — might not be a bad thing.
[Via Yahoo News]