Designer Puts Curvier Models on the Runway
were up in arms last week after designer Mark Fast used plus-size models
to show off his collection at London’s Fashion Week. The decision caused
the designer’s stylist and casting director to walk out three days before
ranging from eight to 10 in U.S. sizing from the agency (12+ UK) strutted
down the catwalk alongside thinner ones.
Speaking to The
Amanda May, Mr. Fast’s creative director, blamed the walkout on “creative
differences” over the use of larger models. “There
was a team change and we are glad we stuck to our vision,” she said.
She also insisted
that the decision to feature the models was neither politically motivated
nor a publicity stunt.
to use fuller girls is something we have been talking about,” said Ms.
May. “There’s an idea that only thin and slender women are able to wear
Mark’s dresses and he wanted to combat that. We wanted women to know they
didn’t have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress – curvier women
can look even better in them.”
Mr. Fast has
also been involved with the exhibition All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. It
features models aged 18 to 65, from sizes to eight to 16.
The day before
Mr. Fast’s show, the chairman of the Institute of Psychiatry’s eating disorder
team, Professor Ulrike Schmidt, raised concerns over ultra-thin models.
“We are very
concerned that the lack of medical checks of models at London Fashion Week,
coupled by an environment where being underweight is the norm, prevents
those with eating disorders from gaining an insight into their condition,” he
founder of agency 12+, told the Telegraph: “Every
time I think things are progressing, they end up going back to how they’ve
always been. I hope this has sparked lasting changes.”
Questions: Should models who have figures more like actual customers
be featured more often on runways? How critical are thin models in showcasing
- The Fast
and the furious: Stylist at London Fashion Week resigns over designer
Mark Fast’s decision to use size 14 models – The
- Stylist walks
out as Mark Fast uses size 14 models – Telegraph