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.