Staffers quit fashion show over ‘plus size’ models

Written by  //  September 20, 2009  //  Blog  //  2 Comments

MarkFastWell, “plus size” isn’t really the best term. The women in question were sizes 12 and 14, more “average” than “plus.” But apparently it was enough to cause two staff members of Canadian fashion designer Mark Fast to walk out of his show during London’s Fashion Week.

A stylist and casting director quit the show, but the rest of the design team isn’t saying exactly what went down.

BBC quotes Amanda May, managing director for Canadian designer Mark Fast, as saying there were “creative differences with regards to the casting of those girls.”

Fast recently participated in All Walks Beyond The Catwalk exhibition, which had models in sizes up to 16 and up to age 65, and met one of the curvy models he used in his Fashion Week show there.

“We wanted women to know they don’t have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress – curvier women can look even better in one,” May told the BBC.

2 Comments on "Staffers quit fashion show over ‘plus size’ models"

  1. Nariane September 23, 2009 at 6:14 am ·

    Thank Goodness for designers like Mr. Fast!
    It’s about time the fashion industry stopped using scrawny skin and bones “famine victim” models and started designing clothes for ‘average’ curvy women…

    The usual claim is the clothes “hang better” on the skeletal model – Oh whoopie! Even I can sew an item that looks fabulous on a hanger… I argue that it is the test of a truly talented and skilled designer that they can make clothes that fit anyone ( and any shape)

    If Mr. Fast’s employees quit because they objected to “curvy” – shame on them.

  2. big clothes October 8, 2009 at 10:16 am ·

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