Posted by HSG on April 12, 2005 at 07:18:39:
In Reply to: Re: Prom and prejudice (and its been a while for me...) posted by Shey on April 09, 2005 at 18:57:47:
Hopefully, your experience will inspire others to pass over boring, figure-denying fashions, in favour of dangerous, ready-to-dare designs.
And your suggestion about girls crafting their own gowns is a good one. Who knows? Perhaps in the process of designing outfits for themselves, some young talents may even discover a hitherto-unrealized affinity for fashion design, and embark on careers in this field.
This coincides with a response that we just received to our long-standing question about the source of the lingering resistance to plus-size beauty. A reader named "Tim" offers us the following insight:
The bizarre world of supermodel fashion is embraced by designers who want mannequins that walk and move. They work within the box, and cant see beyond their pallette. A TRUE artist thinks outside of the box, and can work in many mediums. When a designer comes up with a new outfit, they consistently use the same canvas (IE: size 2 supermodel) and they just cant seem to think outside that box.
Tim touches on an important point: curvaceous models look best in curve-adoring designs, and curve-adoring designs look best on curvaceous models. Therefore, for plus-size beauty to flourish, the fashion world needs an influx of curve-infatuated designers, who tailor their styles for lusciously-proportioned goddesses, rather than for cylindrical mannequins.
The influence of the New Femininity has reintroduced a variety of womanly cuts into the fashion world (as we see in this year's prom offerings), and certain designers are beginning to rethink their choice of models accordingly. Some designers have at least opted to showcase their fashions on models who have a semblance of decolletage (if little else in the way of womanliness).
But when designers emerge who prefer the pear-shaped Classical ideal altogether, and who insist on showcasing their wares on appropriately full-figured models, cultural standards will rapidly change.
A ready-to-dare design that simply begs to adorn the curves of a plus-size princess:
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