Tim Gunn on Plus-Size Fashion: “It’s Insulting What Designers Do to These Women”

Tim Gunn, one of the most outspoken fashion personalities on television and currently starring in his 12th season of Project Runway, is tackling the size-ist fashion industry. Speaking to the Huffington Post last week about the state of the plus-size fashion market, Gunn pulls no punches about how completely appalled he is.

“It’s rather devastating,” he says. “You’ve never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it’s simply appalling…if I were a size 18, I’d throw myself right out the window. It’s insulting what these designers do to these women.”

To help expand fashion offerings for women over size 12 to 14, Gunn is actively encouraging contestants on Project Runway to create clothes for the plus-size market.

“I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is. “And frankly, there are two markets: women who are larger than size 12, and women who are petite. Most designers I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those groups, which I find repugnant.”

He concedes that making broader size ranges isn’t just a matter of making clothes larger or smaller. “It’s a matter of re-conceiving things altogether,” he says, arguing that it is a realistic necessity. “There are so many models walking the runway who haven’t even gone through puberty,” he says. “This is not real-world.”

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