• SpellCoatWeaver

    I very quickly learned the size number doesn’t mean anything, anyway. It’s different from brand to brand, and most celebs get it tailored.

    • Sherrie Ricketts

      A light bulb went off when I found out that major celebs get almost everything tailored. It’s why they look so good even in jeans and a T-shirt. Well-fitting clothing looks worlds better than just OK-fitting clothing.

      I really wish we could just go with measurements instead of arbitrary sizing. Men get that to at least some extent. I had some vintage blouses that had chest sizes (34″, for example) on their tags instead of just a size number. I’ve recently bought items in sizes ranging from 7 to 2X. It’s ridiculous. I would love to walk into a store and shop by measurements.

  • Lily Lilac

    Unfortunately what could be a very good article was ruined for me by repeat slut-shaming of women who choose to dress more risque. Building of Bryce as “better” than women with “slits to their hoo-has” and “generous doses of skin” just doesn’t sit well with me and kinda takes away the focus of the whole more diverse sizes in designer clothing which I assumed was supposed to be the point here.

    • Lilacwire

      I also thought that. Really, “hooha?” Are we 12?

    • susn brittain

      Completely agree.

  • It feels surreal that these women have to go to designers like begging for crumbs when it should be the other way around. These are big name actresses with beautiful bodies who are showcasing an outfit. Designers should be weeping at their feet for the opportunity to dress them.

    Perhaps the red carpets need to give a cold shoulder to the big designer names and give a chance to upcoming ones.

    When I see some of those dresses, I think “Who thought that would look good on her? Her archnemesis???” (And no, not because of how much or little skin she was showing, I thought Cristina Pedroche looked amazing this NYE). I think we need new blood.

  • Amanda Johnson

    It’s never going to happen, but I always swore that if I needed a dress for a red-carpet event (I’m tall and plus size), I’d go to FIDM and have a design contest with the fashion students there to design me a dress. So when I was asked “who I’m wearing,” I’d mention them, which would jump start said fashion student’s career. That’s what I don’t get; aren’t there a ton of up and coming designers who love to dress a celebrity, have their name mentioned on the red carpet and get a leg up on their career? Why not go to them and ignore the big designers who apparently have zero desire to dress anyone above a size 4?

    • Sherrie Ricketts

      It’s risky. You don’t know what you’re going to get from them as a finished product. It’s possible that even the best designs on paper aren’t executed well. I have a friend who went to a major fashion design institute and she can tell you that many of the students still needed lots of practice to get down the techniques that take a garment from looking homemade to fantastic. She struggled with a few techniques for a while after graduation, too. Going to an established pro lowers the risks significantly.

      Sure, you’re offering the possibility of exposure, if you’re even asked and actually quoted by the media, but that’s a lot of time and effort to ask someone to put in for just the possibility of exposure. Someone has to foot the bill for the materials, too.

      There are designers who offer plus size work out there. Many are in the wedding industry, but there are still plenty who aren’t. My friend (we describe her as shaped like an Earth goddess, massive shelves in front and back, super-curvy, and relatively small waist) went to one in the Seattle area and ended up with something amazing. She needed something that had industrial-level support and shaping options, but didn’t look like it. There are no off-the-shelf options for her. She ended up looking breathtakingly elegant in her dress. It was work any designer could be proud of. It wasn’t cheap, but it was amazing. The real issue may be time, though. She knew well in advance that she was going to need it and the designer had no trouble fitting her in with that much notice. If you don’t know until two or three months beforehand, you may not be able to find a designer to fit you in.

      I would imagine the Hollywood area has a rather high concentration of designers who cater to the Hollywood sample size than other areas, so the good “normal”-size designers are fewer and farther between and booked up well in advance.

      Bryce Howard looked amazing, by the way. If that’s an off-the-rack option, there’s still some hope for the rest of us. XD

  • Lolly Lolly Lolly

    Christian Siriano is a couture designer who designs for plus size. And he’s got a collection coming out for Lane Bryant!!! (I’ve loved him since his Project Runway days)