The fashion industry is notorious for its overly exclusive definition of beauty. Not surprisingly, for many years this did not include anyone that was much larger than sample size. While most fashion designers and industry publications still have not opted to branch out beyond that norm, some have made noteworthy strives to produce collections and issues that are representative of a more inclusive - and dare we say, realistic - standard of beauty.
Prof. Debbie Christel developed fat fashion pedagogy upon "critical feminist and narrative pedagogies," and seeks to fight fat stigma by “promoting activism to erode the thin-centric orientation” among students.
After conducting market research and reading articles about issues like “weight bias, thin privilege, and fat studies,” students researched and designed a series of "plus-size swimsuits for active swimmers."
American women are on average between a misses size 16-18, or what is considered a plus-size 20W, according to a new study in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
University of Washington researcher Deborah A. Christel and Susan C. Dunn of Washington State University compared publicly available data – along with waist measurements of over 5,500 women above the age of 20 collected by the CDC – to women’s Misses’ clothing sizing standards set by the American S...
Retailers have a plus-size problem.
Clothing retailers across the board are struggling to grow sales as shoppers spend more of their money on electronics and experiences, rather than on threads. So you'd think, faced with a $20 billion market opportunity in a category outpacing the overall industry, retailers would be eager to jump on board. Not exactly.
Annual U.S. sales of women's plus-size apparel, often defined as a "Misses" size 14 and higher, rose by 17 percent to $20.4 billion in 20...
“It’s really, really difficult to find fashionable clothing above 3X or 4X,” said Debbie Christel, an assistant professor in Washington State University’s apparel and textiles department who describes herself as a “fat studies scholar.” “The thought within the industry is, if you want to wear fashionable clothing, you’ll just have to lose weight. Not providing options for people because they’re a different size is not only discrimination, it’s absolutely absurd.”
So, let’s say that you’re a woman with a waist that measures exactly 95.2 centimeters. What size should you wear, a size 16, 18, or 20W? Maybe none of the above.
There’s the matter of shape. This just in: women come in different shapes.