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Fashion alarm, only 5% models over size 40 at fashion shows


There has also been talk in fashion of shifts in the direction of inclusiveness and yet, at the Fall Winter 2023 shows, that hopeful feeling around the representation of all bodies seemed to be in free fall. (HANDLE)

(ANSA) - ROME, MARCH 25 - There has also been talk in fashion of changes in the direction of inclusiveness and yet, at the Fall Winter 2023 fashion shows, that feeling of hope around the representation of all bodies seemed to fall freely.

According to Vogue Business data collected during fashion month for the presentation of the autumn/winter 2023 season, there is no progress in terms of the representation of sizes on the catwalk.

Out of 9,137 looks across 219 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, just 0.6% were plus size (US 14+) and 3.8% were mid-size (US 6-12).

This means that 95.6% of the looks presented were for people size 40 (US 0-4): only 0.6% were on plus size bodies.

   In practice, only 17 of the 219 brands that showed in all four fashion cities presented a plus size look.

   This is despite the fact that the global sharps market is expected to reach a value of $288 billion according to Future Market Insights.

And emerging designers including plus sizes have highlighted the shortcomings of luxury brands when it comes to medium and plus size representation.

With a few exceptions: Gucci's Fall/Winter 2023 collection will be produced in sizes 40 to 54. And Chanel has said their Fall/Winter 2023 collection will sell up to a L. Gucci had 10 mid-size models, while Chanel had four. however, no plus-size model* walked the runway.

   While the industry's major players fail to represent average-sized or larger bodies, fashion's emerging talents are driving inclusivity forward.

   London leads the league in terms of plus-size representation, led by emerging designers Karoline Vitto and Sinéad O'Dwyer.

   "This season's regression is palpable - writes Vogue UK - The autumn/winter 2023 shows were a reflection of the 'new normal'. And that normality was alarming. Thinness was once again glorified".

In reality, bodies should never be a trend, that's why we need to have the complexity of all bodies on the catwalk, so that none of them become a trend.


Source: ansa

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