Believe it or not, the average American woman is a size 14 — which happens to be the exact size when plus-sized clothing begins. Despite this information, fashionable options for these “average” women are seriously lacking. But some people are working to change that. Some people are working to make plus-sized more mainstream, more stylish and well, average. That doesn’t mean that everyone should aspire to be that size, per se, but rather that everyone who IS that size should have options in their closet that are on-trend and well-made.
Eden Miller is one of those people working towards change. As the designer of plus-sized line, Cabiria, Miller (who also works as a wardrobe supervisor and stylist for TV shows, music videos, and commercials) recently became the first person EVER to showcase a plus-sized collection at New York Fashion Week. Cabiria was one of 6 lines chosen to debut last Friday through a group presentation by the Fashion Law Institute and garnered a considerable amount of support for her pieces from the fashion community.
“I love how the press embraced the models; the models have embraced the clothes; everyone has seemed to be embracing everything. A lot of embracing! So, that part is really thrilling,” Miller said in an interview.
Her collection (which you can view here) was filled with bright colors, bold prints, florals and horizontal stripes — pretty much everything a plus-size woman is supposed to shy away from. But there wasn’t a shrinking violet in sight on the Cabiria runway! The women looked uh-MAY-zing in Miller’s designs.
“I did not know if I was going to get another chance, so I wanted to do it big and bold. I was accused once of being an ‘unrepentant maximalist,’ so I go pretty hard. I go big or go home.”
Miller’s runway debut was definitely a win, there’s no doubt about that — but so far, she’s only won a battle, not the war. Of course, that doesn’t mean that she’s not optimistic for the future of “average” women’s clothing.
“I am hoping what this means is that this is a first step in knocking down a very big door,” she says. “I don’t think I can do it alone, but, I know, that with other designers who are as willing to take risks as far as making beautiful clothes that are not safe per se, or not what everyone has seen before, then yeah, we might have a movement that we can roll with. But, it needs more than me.”
Featured image via Refinery 29