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Body diversity comes to London Fashion Week

by Ben Barry, Anybody Member

London-based Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast has broken with

fashion tradition by incorporating three size 14 models (alongside his
size 2 models) into his Spring/Summer 2010 show at London Fashion
Week. What is particularly revolutionary about his effort – aside from
the fact that he put body diversity on the catwalk – was that he did
not make the focus his show or media release on his incorporation of
larger sizes (he did it as if it was expected) nor did he simply
include a token full figured model for attention. His authentic and
genuine celebration of body diversity – size 2 and 14 – on the catwalk
is inspiration for all fashion designers to dream beyond their
exclusive use of one size. Change is coming.

Click link to see the show:

Guardian article on Mark Fast's casting of 12+ models:


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