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Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman


What is the plus-size woman’s place within fashion?

This is the question a recent exhibition, Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman examined. Produced by the Masters of Arts Candidates in New York University’s Visual Culture: Costume Studies Program, the exhibition used a collection of objects coupled with the perspectives of designers, manufacturers, the general public, and “plus-size” women to explore what it called a “complicated cultural construct.”

The exhibition was on view from January 13th to February 3rd of this year. However, the online guided tour component is still accessible with a treasure trove of audio and visual guides.

Undoubtedly, the term “plus-size” is a burdened one. So much so that the curator of the exhibit, Tracy Jenkins, clarified exactly what they mean in using the term.

The fashion industry has played an undeniable role in enabling the stigmatization of larger women’s bodies. Despite consumer needs, plus-size fashion has traditionally been given little sartorial energy. Yet women of all physiques have had to clothe themselves, and thus have stood somewhere in relation to the fashion system. The plus-size woman’s place within the history of the body and her space within the fashion industry . . .  emphasizes her relationship to gender and body politics as well as cultural attitudes toward beauty and health. READ MORE


The Fashionable Women in TV

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The Women of ELLE Magazine’s February 2016 “Women in TV Issue”

In its February issue, ELLE magazine features another stunning edition (its 6th) of Women in TV. This year’s fabulous five include: Priyanka Chopra, Viola Davis, Olivia Wilde, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Golden Globe Winner Taraji P. Henson. On why this year’s crop of television women are revolutionary, the 50-year-old Tony and Emmy-award winning Viola Davis shared with ELLE’s editors:

“We’ve been fed a whole slew of lies about women.” By TV standards, “if you are anywhere above a size 2, you’re not having sex. You don’t have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you’re of a certain age, you’re off the table.”

Not only did ELLE choose a selection of actresses who demonstrate that women on TV are multi-dimensional women of style and substance who can play equally complicated characters, they also got it right choosing three women of color for the special covers. Priyanka Chopra of “Quantico,” Viola Davis of “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” get their shine as leading women and stellar examples of how women of color are thriving on the not-so-small screen. READ MORE

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