Walk the Catwalk is a campaign to get the fashion industry to start using bigger sample garments. For some time now, I’ve heard that the reason super-skinny size zero models are used is that this is the size the clothes are– which seems to presuppose that the clothes just ARE a certain size, determined by nature, which we’ve all got to live with. Apparently things have now got to the point where established star models don’t even fit into the samples, which has motivated fashion mag editors to write to designers asking for bigger sample sizes. But the campaign wouldn’t be very interesting if it were just “please start making clothes for Christie Brinkley again”. Instead, it is actually asking for clothes to fit a wide range of women. And at least some designers are doing so. Mark Fast used size 12 and 14 models (for US readers, that’s size 8 and 10) in his recent show. Sadly, this caused some of his staff to quit, though as Broadsheet notes the explanation may be a bit more complicated than it appears.
Walk the Catwalk also offers an excellent list of things you can do.