Distinguished gentleman Tim Gunn isn't holding his tongue when it comes to his opinions on the lack of plus-size women in the fashion industry -- and we couldn't agree more!
The "Project Runway" mentor wrote an editorial for The Washington Post on Thursday, September 8, in which he slammed the fashion industry and designers for failing to include plus-size women.
Gunn wrote, "I love the American fashion industry, but it has a lot of problems, and one of them is the baffling way it has turned its back on plus-size women."
The 63-year-old added, "It's a puzzling conundrum. The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University. … There is money to be made here ($20.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2013). But many designers -- dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk -- still refuse to make clothes for them."
The criticism comes smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week -- so no doubt Gunn has been influenced by the skinny styles all over the runways this week.
Gunn's editorial also targeted many of the top designers, whom the stylish star said refuse to make silhouettes for curvier women because, "they say the plus-size woman is complicated, different and difficult, that no two size 16s are alike."
The reality star added that as a result a large portion of women in this country feel excluded by a lack of options.
Gunn wrote, "Based on my experience shopping with plus-size women, it's a horribly insulting and demoralizing experience."
The fashion guru also commented that, "Half the items make the body look larger, with features like rushing, box pleats and shoulder pads. Pastels and large-scale prints and crazy pattern-mixing abound, all guaranteed to make you look infantile or like a float in a parade.""
Interestingly enough, Gunn also commented on "Project Runway" season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton, who was the first contestant to show a plus-size collection, saying point blank, "I've never seen such hideous clothes in my life … Her victory reeked of tokenism." Ouch!
Gunn made sure to say, "a nod toward inclusiveness is not enough."
While we don't entirely agree with Gunn's feelings on Tipton's win, we agree with the sentiment and his dissatisfaction with the status quo.
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