On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 history was made as Fashion Week presented its first fashion show for sizes 12 and up. In the 67 years that Fashion Week has been around, there has never been a single show that was dedicated to women with curves. Finally, that day has come. Plus size models were proud to show off styles from famous designers such as Tracy Reese. OneStopPlus.com hosted the show which had curvy actresses Nikki Blonsky and Gabourey Sidibe proudly sitting in front row seats. The ladies had the pleasure of viewing a fashion show that was catered to woman much like them. Executives at OneStopPlus.com, a website dedicated to selling all types of fashion and accessories to women sizes 12 and up, hope this will be the first of many plus size fashion week shows.
Vice President of Design for OSP Zahid Babvain hopes the show inspires other designers to start fashion lines that accommodate plus size consumers.
“The only obstacle for designing for plus size is not investing a sincere interest in designing for plus-size,” he says. “When you design for a fuller-figured woman, you have to take the integrity of the curves of her body, and yes, the design changes because you’re looking to accentuate shape, not just show clothes as you’d hang them on a hanger.”
While designing for plus size customers is a little more challenging, the average woman is still a size 14 which is well beyond the size 0 and 2 size models who are a signature staple in Fashion Week runway shows. Yesterday’s show was a step in the right direction. Hopefully now designers will see the benefit of making designs for every woman and continue to provide bigger, better and bolder fashions for the curvaceous.