While channel surfing this weekend, I stumbled across an episode of America’s Next Model where a past winner was talking about what she has accomplished as a model. The first thing I noticed about her was her size; she definitely does not look like your typical skinny model. Instead she is a gorgeous, full-figured, curvy woman. And she makes plus size clothing look GOOD.
I worry about how society views me as a woman of size, and it’s an sad reality that sometimes I feel looked down for my body. I am very comfortable and happy with my body, but I know that many other women are not. That’s why it was so refreshing to see a curvy woman recognized as the winner of this TV show.
Clearly, clothing designers are coming on board and making it easier to find plus size clothing that is comfortable and stylish. I don’t need to keep up with all the latest fashion trends, I’m too old for it anyway. I want casual plus size clothing that makes me look and feel great.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen