Tim Gunn on PBS Newshour: Do away with the label "Plus Size"
"Plus size women deserve fashion, and they deserve choices."
Lesley Stahl kicked off the intro to Tim Gunn's essay by bringing up the misogyny of Donald Trump when he referred to Miss Universe contestant Alicia Machado as "fat," which led to an examination of our attitudes over size.
Tim Gunn took his crusade to the PBS News Hour, expanding his reach to broader audience. Mixing in history, with the present state and the future, Gunn suggests it is time to do away with the term "plus size," as the average American woman is now a size 16 and 18. They also represent the group who is spending the most money on clothing. These sizes are the new average in America. Reiterating his call for designers not to just "size up" their existing patterns, but to take on the design challenge to find "fit, proportion, and silhouette" that complements women with all body types. While he doesn't deny there are design challenges, it was time that the designers follow the market and make clothes for everyone. He added that retailers could put pressure on designers to provide clothing for their customers.
1. If you're a woman in this size range of 14-18 and above, what shops do you regularly shop in?
2. If you're in the 14-18 size range, what percentage of your purchases are done online?
3. While shopping, do you find that a store doesn't carry your size, or that their stock of 14, 16, 18 is low?