This page will hopefully help answer
the question, "what
is plus size fashion?".
Plus size clothing is a general term
given to clothing proportioned specifically
for larger sized or overweight people.
Plus-size refers generally to clothing labeled
size (US) 12/ (UK) 16 and upwards for women.
Also called Outsize in some countries (predominantly
British), this term has been losing favour
since the 1990s. A related term for men's
plus-size clothing is big and tall.
clothing patterns have traditionally
been graded up from a smaller construction
pattern, however many retailers are using
statistical data collected from their own
measuring projects, and from specialized
Body Scan Data collection projects to modernize
the fit and construction of their garments.
U.S. companies Lane Bryant and Catherines
teamed up over a three-year period to source
data to modernize the companies' garment
construction. Fourteen thousand women were
measured in what was the most extensive
female sizing study in the U.S. in over
Fashion designers are starting to look
more closely at the earning potential from
plus-size clothing, and have used plus-size
models for their advertising campaigns and
catwalks. Jean-Paul Gaultier and John Galliano
both used plus-size models in their Spring
2006 showings in Paris. Italian plus-size
fashion house Elena Mirò now regularly stages
biannual prêt-à-porter shows during Fashion
Week in Milan. Mark Fast and William Tempest
each used plus-size models during their
own London Fashion Week showings for Spring
2009, and again as part of All Walks Beyond
the Catwalk event held on September 19,
2009 in association with the British Fashion
Learn more about
plus size clothing.
If you would like to
shop for plus size clothing, you may
want to try the
plus size fashion stores directory here
on Apparel Search. Have you ever asked
yourself, "what is plus size fashion?".
Well, that is certainly a question you can
ask at the Fashion Industry Network in the
Plus Size Fashion Group section.
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