A fashion designer says clothes look better on skinny people:
The head of one of New Zealand’s biggest fashion brands has defended the use of skinny models saying “clothes look better on skinny people”.
The comments, from WORLD co-founder and chief executive Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, follow public outrage over the use of mannequins with visible ribs in high street fashion chain Glassons.
Speaking to TV One’s Breakfast programme today, L’Estrange-Corbet said thin models in the fashion industry was “nothing new” and would be unlikely to change in the future.
“Let’s face it, clothes look better on skinny people,” she told the show this morning.
There were more concerning things impacting young people today, she said.
“I see Miley Cyrus openly smoking dope as a much bigger issue than skinny mannequins.” . ..
Drug abuse is an important issue but so too are body image and the eating disorders which often go with it.
Clothes designed for skinny people look better on skinny people but well designed clothes will look good on the size and shapes for which they’re designed.
Many models and mannequins are unhealthily and unrealistically thin and the clothes which look good on them don’t suit the average woman let alone the bigger than average.
L’Estrange-Corbet’s comments confirm my view that the fashion industry is largely driven not by what suits customers but what suits the designers.