Tim Gunn says designers’ lack of interest in plus size clothing is 'repugnant'
The ‘Project Runway’ star speaks out about plus-size fashion.
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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