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Old 30th April 2010   #1
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Default Revel in your curves, designer says

It's always nice (if all too rare) to encounter a designer who seems to be favourable to plus-size bodies. A new article in the Irish Independent profiles a designer who expresses some marvellously pro-curvy sentiments.

Choice quotes:

IRISH women should revel in their curves "because that's what feminine bodies are about: curves."

That's the advice from top international fashion designer, Ben de Lisi, who was in Dublin yesterday, giving style tips and showcasing his Principles fashion collection at Debenhams, Henry Street...

"Women come in all sizes and shapes," said de Lisi. "I know there are designers out there who won't cut over a size 12 but come on, wake up, this is the real world.

"For women with a fuller, rounder figure, I would talk about plunging necklines because I think rounder women tend to have beautiful bust lines. They should revel in their curves."

Good words. Now, if only he would verify his statement by showcasing his designs on plus-size models, it would drive another nail in the coffin of the tired clothes-look-good-on-emaciated-bodies myth.
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Old 19th November 2010   #2
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Default Re: Revel in your curves, designer says

It's always encouraging to find a designer speaking favourably about womanly curves, although, as Chad notes, such statements constitute mere lip service if said designer then fails to use plus-size models in his campaigns.

Ironically, while de Lisi (rightly) ridiculous the notion of "designers out there who won't cut over a size 12," what is equally outrageous is that there are labels in the plus-size industry who won't use models over a size 12.

It's one thing for straight-size designers to exhibit anti-plus discrimination, but for plus-size labels to impose equally curve-o-phobic restrictions is even more appalling.

In fact, de Lisi's words provide a compelling argument for the use of genuinely full-figured models. He notes that "rounder women tend to have beautiful bust lines," a fact that is especially true of models over a size 14. Their buxom contours are among the main reasons why all fashions look better on their figures. Larger plus-size goddesses are visually superior models to their smaller, flat-chested rivals from an aesthetic point of view, beyond even their benefits to the cause of size celebration.

For the fashion industry to persuade full-figured women to spend their money on clothing rather than on body-diminishment methods, it needs to show models with well-fed physiques who "revel in their curves" and who "have beautiful bust lines" (as de Lisi observes).

If the straight-size industry won't listen to de Lisi, then at least the plus-size industry should take his words to heart, and appeal to women over a size 14 by employing models over a size 14.

Lexi Placourakis (a size 14/16, thank you very much), showing off her "beautiful bust line" in an attractively fitted white blouse.

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Old 23rd November 2010   #3
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Unhappy Re: Revel in your curves, designer says

Also keep in mind that this is an Irish article. If an Irish size 12 is the same as a British size 12 (and I think it probably is), a 12 = a 94cm bust line, more or less equivalent to a North American size 8 (I think). It makes the situation even the more tragic!
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