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Tim Gunn is calling out the fashion industry for excluding plus size women. And we can't stop cheering for his words--that have long needed to be said.
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In a column for WashingtonPost.com, the 'Project Runway' host explains how he is flabbergasted by the way the fashion industry has turned its back on plus size women, or women who wear above a size 12.
"There are 100 million plus-size women in America, and, for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts," he wrote. "But many designers—dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk —still refuse to make clothes for them."
Gunn also criticized the plus-size shopping experience as it stands now.
"It’s a horribly insulting and demoralizing experience," he wrote. "Half the items make the body look larger, with features like ruching, box pleats and shoulder pads. Pastels and large-scale prints and crazy pattern-mixing abound, all guaranteed to make you look infantile or like a float in a parade."
Though Gunn realizes it's been this way for a long time, and change is difficult, he maintains that it's not impossible.
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After all, as Gunn points out, retailer Lane Bryant has stylish options available. And online retailer ModCloth has doubled its plus-size lineup in one year and have been rewarded enormously by its customers.
"This is now the shape of women in this nation, and designers need to wrap their minds around it," he wrote. "I profoundly believe that women of every size can look good."
We couldn't agree more!
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