Tim Gunn Wants The Fashion Industry To Work Harder On Match47:05 – WBUR

With visitor host Jane Clayson. This program originally broadcast on September 22, 2016.

"Challenge Runway" style star Tim Gunn on how the style business is failing plus-sized ladies.

Tim Gunn arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Vince Bucc/AP)
Tim Gunn arrives on the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Vince Bucc/AP)

Tim Gunn, who has dominated the tv hit “Challenge Runway” for 15 years, encouraging younger designers to “make it work.” Now he’s telling the world that style doesn’t work for plus-measurement ladies. When the Huffington Submit requested plus-sized customers what annoyed them most, solutions ranged from “Why should plus-measurement clothes appear to be draperies?” to, merely, “All the pieces.” Gunn’s response: “It’s a shame.” This hour On Level, Tim Gunn joins us to speak about style for all American ladies. — Jane Clayson 


Tim Gunn, Emmy award-successful co-host of “Challenge Runway.” Writer of “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible” and “Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor.” (@TimGunn)

Eliana Dockterman, tradition employees author for TIME Journal. (@edockterman)

Liris Crosse, plus-sized mannequin, actress and advocate. (@lirisc)

From The Studying Checklist

Washington Post: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace. — "It is a design failure and never a buyer concern. There is no such thing as a motive bigger ladies can’t look simply as fabulous as all different ladies. The key's the harmonious stability of silhouette, proportion and match, no matter measurement or form. Designs should be reconceived, not simply sized up; it’s a matter of adjusting proportions. The textile modifications, each seam modifications. Finished proper, our clothes can create an optical phantasm that helps us look taller and slimmer. Finished flawed, and we glance worse than if we had been bare."

TIME: The History of Why It’s Impossible to Find Clothes That Fit — "It’s by no means been simpler to search out garments or tougher to search out garments that match. As Individuals develop bodily bigger, manufacturers have raced to flatter us with self-importance sizing, assigning smaller numbers to clothes sizes in order that we are able to really feel skinny. The measurements that made a lady’s measurement eight in 1958 has shrunk to a measurement 00 right this moment. However manufacturers have modified their sizing schemes at completely different charges. The consequence: A measurement 6 jean can range by as many as 6 inches within the waistband throughout manufacturers."

NPR News: The Fashion Industry Is Not Making It Work For Plus-Size Women — "Gunn, a fixture within the style world and a longtime design educator, is asking on designers to recover from their disdain, lack of creativeness or cowardice and make garments for ladies who're above measurement 12."

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