Designer dismisses critique of Lane Bryant line

Designing for a range of sizes is important; after all, everyone deserves clothing that fits and flatters them, not to mention makes them feel confident and beautiful. So when Prabal Gurung received some backlash from the fashion community for making fashionable clothing accessible to women of all sizes, the designer didn’t stand for it.

According to HuffPost, Gurung detailed his experience while speaking on a panel for the premiere of the Straight/Curve documentary, sharing that when he announced his plans to design for Lane Bryant, there was “‘snickering’ in the high fashion world.”

With one acquaintance questioning Gurung’s decision to make “clothes for fat people,” HuffPost says he didn’t let the comment — which was defended as a joke — get away unanswered.

“‘I said to her, ‘Words have power, it impacts people’…And I said, ‘It’s because of people like you that I wanted to do this, because I want to make sure that the woman I’m designing for, through Lane Bryant’s platform, feels that she belongs, that she is part of our world.'”

And it’s people like Prabal Gurung who help make fashion a place for all.

Body-positive documentary to air June 21

TV is about to get a little more body positive, thanks to a brand-new documentary.

According to Glamour, a documentary called Straight/Curve will make its debut on EPIX on June 21. The film, which Glamour says “aims to redefine the beauty and size standards enforced by the fashion industry,” features prominent models like Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot and Charli Howard, all in an attempt to change the fashion industry.

Sharing their own struggles with body image issues, Glamour reports director Jenny McQuaile said the models help to shed light on a complex fashion environment, as the film examines “the misconceptions around health and size, body shame, the lack of diversity in fashion and media, and the limited scope of education in fashion schools, among other issues.”

Glamour also notes that the film features “Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, and Chromat designer Becca McCharen, as well as Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association—all of whom are important in rounding out this conversation.”

Catch the film at 8 p.m. on EPIX on June 21.