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Tim Gunn says designers’ lack of interest in plus size clothing is 'repugnant'

The ‘Project Runway’ star speaks out about plus-size fashion.

By Kim Anne Aug 26, 2013 8:55PM

Photo: Project Runway host Tim Gunn attends the AE Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8 in New York (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) We love Tim Gunn for his open and honest opinions, and when it comes to the ongoing debate of the lack of designers who are creating lines for plus sizes, well, he’s got an opinion on that, too (duh). According to Fashionista, he’s speaking out about his disapproval on fashion designers’ lack of interest in plus-size fashion. In a word, he thinks the whole situation is “repugnant.”

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In the past few weeks, there have been quite a few rumblings around the Web about why so many designers refuse to create plus-size lines. Gunn, who is clearly an expert when it comes to mentoring and working with designers, says he just doesn’t understand why designers are so hesitant to create lines that are in demand. “I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is,’” he told the Huffington Post. “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.” And he says it also has a lot to do with the way plus-size clothing is displayed in department stores, leaving the pieces with little to be desired. “Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it’s the eighth floor, and it’s just a department called ‘Woman,’” he says. “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.”

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And we think Gunn has a point. After all, if there is such a growing market for plus sizes, why are no designers jumping on the opportunity — and the same goes with how stores are displaying the plus size merchandise. Something tells us that all that will change someday soon. 

Tell us: Do you agree with Gunn?

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Photo: ‘Project Runway’ host Tim Gunn attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8 in New York (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Dec 25, 2013 3:15AM
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the fabric is horrible, cheap polyster or cheap cotton that shrinks when washed and loses it's shape,  the huge flowers are not my style, I don't like shiny glitter or sequins on all my clothes.  I agree totally with Gunn.  The presentation or display is like an afterthought stuck next to (usually) the petites or maternity section
Dec 3, 2013 12:50AM
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We just launched a kickstarter campaign www.poppyandbloom.com to develop plus size summer collection.  We appreciate your support! 
Nov 7, 2013 12:13PM
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Check out www.gownforplussize.com we have a great selection of plus size Gowns, dresses shirts, and costume in missy and women's sizes!
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I don't claim tobe anybody special, I'm just tired of PC and its associated ills
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This just in from the Tim Gunn detective agency: fashion designers are shallow and narcissistic.  Also, rocks are hard, water is wet, and fire is hot....
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to texas mystery woman - your foul mouth and lack of class says a lot more about you than me or anyone else. Get a life and chill out
Sep 2, 2013 6:26AM
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Not only is it the styles but the quality of the fabrics and construction of the garments that we do find.  I've been a little more successful in finding things using the internet, but sometimes it would be great not to have to take a chance on fit.  The other sad thing about internet shopping is that it is still difficult to find clothing of quality for special occasions.

I don't know much about Mr. Gunn, but yes I'd say he speaks the truth.  You WOULD think that if you're in business to make money, you'd find a underserved population and cater to them.  It's just good business sense.
Sep 2, 2013 5:49AM
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In this increasingly violent world, it might not occur to some people the felt necessity for some women (and men) to be a larger size as a means for survival. Certainly we should have enough freedom to dictate the lifestyle of our own bodies. It is very easy to design attractive clothing that hangs off of a small frame.

 

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