Surfing around the net and I came across this article from The Times online about UK Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, who says she’s now retouching photos of models to make them look bigger as the sample clothes designers send to be featured in the magazine are tiny, too small to even fit models as slim as Kate Moss.
Here is an extract:
The editor of Vogue has accused some of the world’s leading catwalk designers of pushing ever thinner models into fashion magazines despite widespread public concern over “size-zero” models and rising teenage anorexia.
Alexandra Shulman, one of the most important figures in the multi-billion-pound fashion industry, has taken on all the largest fashion houses in a strongly worded letter sent to scores of designers in Europe and America. In a letter not intended for publication but seen by The Times, Shulman accuses designers of making magazines hire models with “jutting bones and no breasts or hips” by supplying them with “minuscule” garments for their photoshoots. Vogue is now frequently “retouching” photographs to make models look larger, she said.
Her intervention was hailed last night as a turning point in the debate over model size that has raged after the deaths of three models from complications relating to malnutrition, and the decision of leading fashion shows to ban size-zero models.
I have to say that this heartens me – I don’t think it’s the end of super slim models, but that someone who wields as much power as Shulman, having these views, hopefully will help designers think about their attitudes to size.
pic of Alexandra Shulman from Vogue Russia