The fashion industry is beginning to have a shift in the realm of traditional models. Fashion designer and season five winner of the hit television series Project Runway, Leanne Marshall, featured larger sized women on her runway.
New York Fashion Week is notoriously known for long legged models dressed in designer clothing. Realistically, women of different sizes will purchase the garments being displayed on the runway. Marshall kept her signature panache of elegant gowns while having average and plus sized women dressed in her gorgeous gown.
The sounds of cameras snapping photos began to flare up as the first plus sized model stepped onto the runway. The sound of chatter in the audience soon turned into applause which is reserved for the finale of the show. Soon after the first plus sized model left the runway, more full figured women began to grace the runway in Marshall’s gowns along with average sized women.
This trend was seen earlier during fashion week with designer Christian Siriano who welcomed actress Danielle Brooks known for her role as “Tasty” in “Orange is the New Black”. As for Leanne Marshall, she continues to set the stage for a diverse group of women with the desire to be fashion forward and dressed in clothes that compliment their figure.
It’s clear that the fashion industry needs more designers who are willing to expand their target audience to women with larger figures. It has been a long known fact that the fashion industry favors women with slender figures and taller heights. Leanne Marshall’s collection was not only breathtaking with chiffon gowns and vibrant colors, she inspired many women in the audience to feel confident in what they wear.