Here’s an interesting piece of news and how innovative today’s fashion design students are! We hope that these students take their careers into designing for plus size women once they graduate!
Apparel design students in a Product Development Class at Cornell University, wanted to create clothing for plus size women. But first, they had to find a plus size mannequin.
As we know, there are very few “true” plus size mannequins on the market. Most are a Size 14. At Black Cat Plus, we are very fortunate to have one plus size mannequin who is a size 18.
Sophomores Brandon Wen and Laura Zwanziger decided to build their own plus size dress form with the help of a professor in the fiber science and apparel design.
They did not want to size up their clothes from a regular size mannequin so that the garment would fit appropriately.
Laura Zwanziger said, “A lot of the clothes for plus-size women are really just sized up from smaller proportions, which fit really strangely. Plus-size women feel alienated from the fashion industry.”
Their collection named Rubens’ Women, features four jackets and a skirt and pants all tailored to complement the curves of larger women.
We applaud these innovative students and hope that they enter the plus size market.