Last week, Project Runway judge Tim Gunn lamented to the press how appalled he was at the state of plus size fashion. Not because he dislikes it, but because he wants designers to make more of an effort to create something that is actually fashionable and wearable.
Cabiria, named after the 1957 Federico Fellini film, “Nights of Cabiria” was only launched in April 2o13 after raising $13 000 in a Kickstarter campaign. The line is catered to women size 12-24, and while it was still pretty new to the scene, Miller’s inspirational reason for designing enabled her to take this venture beyond just another clothing line.
41 year old Miller, who has been designing for 25 years told Today.com how excited and nervous she was at the same time. From being a relatively unknown brand to showing off her creations on the world’s biggest stage in a matter of months is not something to be scoffed at.
“Part of it is a responsibility that I feel to make space for other relevant, worthy plus-sized lines to come in the door and show as well,” she said.
Well apparently the market is starving for more plus size fashion, which currently only makes up 14% of the market share. That’s a pretty dismal number in our books, it’s no wonder plus size fashion bloggers are so popular. Curvy women are so damn sick of finding nothing that suits the real woman’s figure, these bloggers have become influencers and trend setters in a growing market.
In July Eden was approached by the Fashion Law Institute — a non-profit organization which advises and supports talented designers who do not have the resources to put on shows themselves — to stage a show.
“It’s an incredible honor, it is absolutely fantastic,” Miller said about the venture.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity for showing the legitimacy of plus-size fashion. It is real fashion. It can be measured in the same way that other kinds of fashion can be.”
By offering a small place to bigger women at New York fashion week, Miller says she hopes to make a larger impact in a country where the average woman is a size 14.
“I really wish that the lines that would qualify to be part of the tent show, but have been excluded because they are plus, can now be invited on the same grounds,” she said.