The past leads to the future


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Posted by HSG on June 29, 2005 at 05:46:48:

In Reply to: The future is now posted by M. Lopez on June 28, 2005 at 14:26:14:


What is enabling plus-size fashion to find an aesthetic of its own, at last, is that the industry is rejecting and inverting the anti-feminine "rules" that formerly hobbled it--rules that were based on an institutional antipathy towards womanly curves. By turning those curve-suppressing rules on their head, plus-size fashion is rediscovering a host of timeless approaches to adorning generously-proportioned figures.

Where clothing once hid, now it reveals.
Where garments once skimmed, now they embrace.
Where outfits once disguised, now they celebrate.

The distorting lens of the media no longer blinds the eye of the beholder, and now, what were formerly mistaken as "flaws" have been reinterpreted as charms, and what were formerly dubbed "problem areas" have become rechristened as assets.

After a century of estrangement, fashion has finally rekindled its love affair with the natural feminine figure.

Here is another fine example of "New Femininity" styling on Tierney (Ford, size 14) which wonderfully inverts an anti-plus rule. What makes this outfit so sensual and attractive is how the figure gently pulls against the drawstrings of the top. The clothing holds the body in a loving embrace, barely able to contain its generous curves. It is precisely a very close fit such as this, and not a loose "skimming" effect, that is most becoming on a shapely figure. The ensemble mimics the allure of a laced medieval bodice, but is much more comfortable, due to the softness of the fabric.

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