Tim Gunn is scoring points with plus size woman everywhere after the style guru made some truthful accusations regarding the lack of clothing options for plus size women. Best known as the brutally honest, “make it work” mentor to contestants on Project Runway, Tim Gunn is starting the New Year off with a new daytime talk show. Tim will co-host The Revolution, a new health and lifestyle show with Ty Pennington (interior design/art), Harley Pasternak (trainer and nutritionist to every hot celeb out there), Dr. Jennifer Ashton (OB/Gyn/women’s health issues), and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry (relationship expert). The show follows one woman’s personal journey to transform all areas of her life over the course of five months … or five days in TV land, as Tim puts it.
Tim Gunn recently chatted with Marie Claire and made some honest statements regarding fashion for plus size woman. Read more from the Marie Clair interview below.
Your opinion on fashion for plus size woman who need something to wear now
“It’s so difficult. Have you seen most of the plus-size sections out there? It’s horrifying. Whoever’s designing for plus-size doesn’t get it. The entire garment needs to be reconceived. You can’t just take a size 8 and make it larger.”
How do you think the fashion industry responds to the need for better plus-size options?
“In my travels, I’ve been an advocate for larger women. I’ve been talking to designers, but only a half-dozen make an effort. Most say, “I don’t want a woman who’s a size 10 or 11 wearing my clothes.” Well, shame on you! It’s not realistic. We need to address real women with real needs. At Parsons, we had fit models that ranged in size from 2 to 10. We’ve got to reconceive clothes for all sizes. Sometimes I say, “I’m going to do a clothing line!” I’d love nothing more to respond to those designers who refuse to address it.”
You’re going to start designing?!
“I’m seriously considering it! Just because I want to be a part of the solution. I’m so tired of giving them so few options. I end up always saying, “I’m taking you to Lane Bryant because at least they understand you.” But there’s a stigma.”
So, until we can all wear Tim by Tim Gunn, what trademark tips can you leave us with?
“The three most important things to consider are silhouette, proportion, and fit. When those are in harmony and balance, you’ll look good in anything. Also, embrace your shape! Everyone has a best feature, so find clothes and accessories to accentuate those, whether it’s your shoulders or your long legs! Above all, don’t be a slave to fleeting trends — invest in essentials.”
The positive feedback from this interview was overwhelming with women who all want the same thing… more options! The girls of Killer Kurves are hoping Tim will turn these thoughts into reality sooner than later and that his designs will be available to the Canadian plus size women because we just adore Tim and know he will create something worth wearing!!