Paris Fashion Week is (unfortunately) known for its old-fashioned thinking when it comes to body size. Usually sticking to the traditional thin models, it was a surprise to see a major brand breaking the mould.
Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton sent out a bunch of frills and florals for her SS18 show – and two curvier models.
Eline Lykke and Betsy Teske are two names that will be remembered for showing Paris that diversity is much needed on the catwalk. Most people watching the show didn’t even notice the difference, proving that a designer’s vision doesn’t just have to be one size.
And although the two women weren’t strictly plus-size, they were significantly curvier than their catwalk counterparts (though still much smaller than the average UK woman).
McQueen casting director Jess Hallett said the decision came about as a result of the collection’s theme which “was all about sisterhood and celebrating femininity.”
“When I found out it was for Alexander McQueen, a designer I absolutely love, I cried from joy,” one of the models, Eline Lykke told Vogue. “I was, and still [am], so overjoyed.”
In the Fashion Spot‘s most recent diversity report, only two plus-size models walked during Paris Fashion Week last season. And that was for H&M Studio, not a high-end brand.
While Milan didn’t fare much better with only Dolce & Gabbana casting different-sized models, New York had 26 plus-size faces taking to the catwalk. Not a great number but still better than Europe.
Let’s hope McQueen’s casting can prove that designer fashion isn’t just reserved for the skinny and that all women need to be represented on the catwalk.
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