High Fashion Has No Size Limit

December 22, 2009

The January issue of V Magazine is another step forward for body variety in the fashion world. The Size Issue will showcase models of different sizes wearing glamourous, forward fashion shot and styled with all the modern high fashion conventions. V Editor Stephen Gan explains: “Big, little, pint-size, plus-size – every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it.”

What is particularly groundbreaking is that the magazine is at the top of the high fashion pyramid; powerhouses in the industry have all contributed, such as Hedi Slimane, Mario Testino, and Karl Lagerfeld. It further demonstrates that size diversity is not limited to commercial fashion brands but can be successfully incorporated into all sectors of the industry.

Thanks to V Magazine, we are able to bring you a look at one of the stunning editorials. This particular spread showcases two models – one size 2 and one size 12 – wearing the same outfit. The message is clear: High fashion has no size limit. This certainly dispels the myth that certain styles look better on certain sizes. Instead, we can all look gorgeous in haute couture, and now we can finally begin to picture ourselves – with all the artistry and glamour – in it.

I do want to note that the images have been majority airbrushed. The revolution here is fact they are including a size 12 model in a high fashion spread and, even more, that they are showing her in high fashion posing and styling (i.e. who says a size 12 woman cannot pattern mix, load up on accessories, and wear body conscious couture). The fact that both models’ uniqueness – love handles, cellulite, wrinkles etc – have been photoshopped out is another revolution waiting to happen.


3 Responses to “High Fashion Has No Size Limit”

  1. lorileim Says:

    Thanks for the article Ben! It’s hard to believe that size 12 is “large”. I personally have only ever known one size 2 person, in the many friends and people I have met!

  2. Leah Says:

    I probably would have preferred this shoot with just the plus size model. I can imagine that some people might not even have noticed the size 12 girl being a size 12 if she wasn’t put next to a size 2. She could have rocked this spread out all on her own!

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    To me it seems that the size 12 female looks like a woman (woman = sexy, feminine, curvy, sensual, luscious, desirable) and the size 2 female looks like a little girl (little girl = no breasts, no curves, skinny, desirable only to pedophiles).

    I’m 49 and have always been a big girl (currently a size 22) and would give a lot to look as good as the size 12 model. That being said, I would NEVER want to be anything less than size 12. My best friend of 28 years (who is also 49) wears anything from a size 00 to 3 (she’s 5’4″ and 93 pounds) and she is (literally) skin on bones. She wears bras with gel inserts and has special panties with gel inserts so she has a bum. On top of that she already suffers from severe osteoporosis. Thanks but no thanks.

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