Quick Hit: My designs would look strange on fat people…

Here’s a great post by Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog over at Diary of a Mad Fatshionista.

The question she asked designers was, Would you ever consider designing for a woman my size?

So I asked Mr. Kostetsos this question, including the request that he not say “fashion is for everybody.” I did not have to worry.
His English was not very good, but his answer was clear: no.

Stunned, I asked if that meant he felt that plus-sized women didn’t have the right to wear his clothes.

He nodded, saying (with a great many hand gestures) “Pret-a-porter, yes.” But plus size customers were…“difficult—they want everything. You give them four designs, they want twelve, then they want twenty, all of them.” As if customers who weighed over 80 pounds did not deserve to have the radiant majesty of his attire desecrated by their adiposity. “I do not design this. The clothes they look wrong, they look strange. The clothes are not made for those bodies.”

The thing I find funny about this is that it goes to show you how very uncreative and scared this designer must be — that a larger body, with its potentially sharp curves, dips, winds, and inevitably larger real estate — could unnerve him so. That all he could design for was a very common, easy form.

In the rest of the arts, we’d call this lack of vision and talent. In fashion design, it’s called ‘having principles.’

It’s almost as if most high fashion actively encourages soldiers for the moral crusade against fat people…nah, too paranoid, right?

A Sizing Revolution

I’ve decided that it’s time to call for sizing which is based on the population of women who actually exist (going off US here, but could work for many other places too, with requisite tweaking. Submit your own in the comments! 🙂 ).

I also think that if it’s okay to size up to a 4xL without blinking an eye, we should move the ‘Medium’ up to an actual, population-based medium and include sizes like 2xS (double-extra-small).

So here’s my proposal for new sizing standards (US sizes):

0 – 2 = 2XS

4 – 6 = 1 XS

8 – 10 = S

12 – 14 = M

16 – 18 = L

20 – 22 = 1XL

24 – 26 = 2XL

28 – 30 = 3XL

32 – 34 = 4XL

…and so on.

Does this make complete sense to just me?