With over-sized model with obvious bulges walking the ramp for international fashion weeks, is the era of anorexic models over? At the recent London Fashion Week, designer Mark Fast had a plus-sized model Crystal Renn (size 16) walk in a figure-hugging red dress that emphasised her paunch. At the Milan Fashion Week 2010, fashion house Elena Miro used voluptuous models. “We want to help real women to feel confident and at peace with themselves,” explained label owner Elena Miroglio after the show.
New York’s V magazine devoted its January 2010 issue to plus-sized models, while Italian Vogue recently launched a website, Vogue Curry, which caters to plus-sized models/women.
Indian designers, however, aren’t ready to follow the curve. “Even if we want to, Indian fashion’s governing body wouldn’t let us as it has set parameters. And with this size zero obsession, we’re not sure if people would want to see large models on the ramp,” said designer David Abraham. FDCI president Sunil Sethi says he wouldn’t even think about it. “It’ll be a nightmare if the designers have to make samples for various sizes. Fashion is for everyone, but on the ramp, size matters,” he added.
However, designer Shantanu Mehra says, “If we have the right model, size doesn’t matter.”