Given that Marina Zelner, the founder, CEO, and designer of the Queen Grace collection, had the vision to feature gorgeous plus-size model Kelsey Olson in her line's first-ever campaign, and then had Kelsey joined by stunning goddess Katherine Roll on the runway at Full-Figured Fashion Week 2011, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to interview this new leading light of the plus-size fashion industry.
Our hour-and-a-half discussion turned out to be one of the most significant conversations that we have ever had with any fashion professional. Madame Zelner shared many penetrating insights into the philosophical significance of fashion in general and full-figured fashion in particular, and addressed many of the hot-button issues that confront the industry today.
In particular, Marina shared a revelation that is unimaginably shocking and appalling, for it confirms a measure of corruption within the full-figured fashion industry that, until now, had only been a rumour. Madame Zelner's uncompromising stance in the face of this enticement towards selling-out truly deserves to be called noble, fully in keeping with the aristocratic title of her marque.
The interview also comes illustrated with three never-before-seen outtakes from Kelsey's Queen Grace shoot (exclusively granted to the Judgment of Paris), along with full-size images of all eleven pages from the inaugural Queen Grace catalogue, scanned in higher resolution and truer colour than have hitherto been available on the Web. Be sure to click on the images to view the looks at a larger size.
Kelsey at her princess-like best, from the first-ever Queen Grace photoshoot:
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