In recent years media pressure has got to many of the top fashion designers; some with enthusiasm (and some no doubt kicking and screaming off the record) have enlarged the mould onto which their creations are meant to fit. Now there are fashions for bodies that have not just curves but bulges, and models are no longer required to slip under doors to get to the runway.
It seems that France has been one of the few holdouts, but as of last month the French fashion group Histoire de Courbes (History of Curves) has brought ‘luscious’ fashion to the red carpet with the showing of Pulp Fashion Week in Paris. In French, ‘pulp’ translates as ‘luscious fruit’, and the show’s sponsors and supporters are ready to support their conviction that skinny is not better when it comes to a woman’s health and well-being.
You can check it out: well-authenticated studies have shown that women with larger hips are, as a rule, smarter than their twiggy peers, and any children they have will be smarter too. Even without that consideration, health experts have long been decrying the starvation diets that are required for too many of today’s in-demand models as a health hazard in both the short and the long term. So bigger, in some important respects, is definitely better.
Pulp Fashion Week (see photos at www.news.com.au/lifestyle/fashion) was a celebration of bigger and biggest, with every garment designed specially for women’s sizes 40 to 60. Labels included Maryse Richardson, Tika Soomak and store brands Asos Curve and Forever 21, ranging from swim wear and lingerie to disco duds and a few street styles to flatter the generous shapes of plus-size models. Several creations from La Belle Affranchie made the spotlight as well.
It should be noted that even as the fashion industry seems to be re-discovering the allure of well-rounded women, Pulp Fashion Week got very little ‘ink’ by reviewers. Whether the show made a lasting impression for good or for ill is not apparent at this point, but certainly there’s hope for the curvy. There’s plenty of leeway for the creativity of any fashion artist in what could be described as a naturally large market.