Introducing Beth Ditto's "Plus Sized" fashions
"I'm afraid there's not enough hipster irony in the world to make it work." -Kate Harding
I disagree. I think there is plenty of hipster irony to make these work. The jumpsuit on the top left is fantastic and there's a hilarious cat t-shirt online that I would rock without breaking a sweat.
But here's the thing: I can't.
Despite the fact that the model in the above pictures is AT MOST a size eight (my size), Beth Ditto's line doesn't come in anything smaller than a 14. So why the heck do they use a model smaller than a 14 to show the clothes? Beth herself is beautiful and spunky, so why could she not model her designs herself or hired models closer to the sizes the clothes actually come in? I just don't understand.
I'll be the first to admit that the fashion industry is warped. When I was a lanky teenager (standing at 5'8'' and tipping the scales at 120), I was asked to lose 15 pounds for a runway show in Chicago. Modeling career canceled! So to this day, weight is a very touchy issue for me.
Maybe I'm way off base here, so what do you think? Should they have made these clothes available for all sizes? Should they have used a model who is at least a size 14?
[peruse the Ditto pieces online at Evans]