Tim Gunn Blasts Fashion Industry for Treating Plus-Size Women as 'Complicated'
He says change is possible, and it's doable.
Just a few short weeks after putting designers on blast in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Tim Gunn is back at it again. In a recent essay for PBS Newshour, Gunn once again takes the fashion industry to task for failing any woman above a size 4.
Specifically, he criticizes the fact that most designers could design clothes for the average woman - now a size 16 - but choose not to.
"Would it surprise you to know that the average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18? She is what the industry calls a plus-size woman, a term that I would like to erase. There are more than 80 million of these women in America, and for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts," he writes.
"But many designers refuse to make clothes for them. They pretend that they don't even exist. I have spoken to many people in the industry about this, and the overwhelming response is, 'I'm not interested in her.' They say the plus-size woman is complicated, different and difficult, and that no two size 16s are alike."
Gunn goes on to deconstruct that argument by pointing out that it's a design issue, not a customer one and that it all comes down to balancing proportion, fit, and silhouette. Ultimately, he says that designers need to is doable.
"Plus-size women deserve fashion, and they deserve choices," Gunn says. "I'm not looking for solutions from high-end designers because it's a given that they don't want their precious brands tarnished by the likes of a size 16."
Read his entire essay here.