Plus-Size Women Get Their Own Fashion Week, But Is That Enough?

Most fashion shows are known for emaciated, twig-like models strutting down runways, but there’s a different kind of fashion week going on right now. Full-Figured Fashion Week took five years to organize, but, at last, arrived in New York yesterday. Until Saturday night, designers will show buyers and the press their clothes for plus-size women, as well as take part in panels such as “The State of the Curvy Community.”

“The main objective is to show the consumers and buyers that there are other designers out there,” organizer Gwen DeVoe told The Daily Beast. She also said plus-size women care about looking good, rather than having tunics and jersey dresses as their only options. Plus-size women have gotten a lot of attention from the fashion world in recent years. Back in 2006, model Velvet D’Amour walked at John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, and these days, Beth Ditto and Adele get clothes specially made for them by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen, and now Beth has her own line for plus-size British chain Evans.

While it’s wonderful for there to be a forum where people who are plus-sized or cater to that clientele can come together, is this a case of separate but almost-equal treatment? [Full-Figured Fashion Week, The Daily Beast]