High Fashion Starts Accepting the Plus Size

The weight debate has reached a fever pitch in recent months thanks to rags like V and Italian Vogue devoting entire issues or website subsections to plus-size or ‘curvy’ mannequins. Now, in a bizarre 180 degree turn of events, designers from Milan to Paris are jumping aboard the trend, opting for Victoria Secret models with significantly more curves than the typical clothes hanger-esque sample-size teens. But, why the sudden obsession with t&a?

As recently as this past fall, Miuccia Prada, who is outfitting the actors of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Attila production, asked for more model-like extras as those originally cast were too ‘fat’ for her taste. But, with her FW10 show, which featured such still thin but significantly more shapely Victoria Secret models as Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Krous, Prada has proven she’s not just a fan of super-skinny chicks.

Now Giles Deacon is making the same move in casting Victoria Secret models “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart and Karolina Kurkova,” for his upcoming FW10 show in Paris, says Vogue UK. The trend may be a passing phase, but for the first time in well over a decade, designers seem to be warming up to welcoming actual curves on their catwalks. Whether it’s pressure from within the industry or an attempt to capture headlines, it’s no doubt a welcomed change.

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