The show Project Runway is not new. They have finished their fourteenth season, but what was interesting is the winner was a plus-size designer named Ashley Nell Tipton. This was a first for the long-running show.
Tipton is a plus-size woman, and she is proud to design for women with bigger, curvier bodies. When she joined the show, her goal was to win and be able to show off her designs for the plus-size crowd.
In an interview, she said, “I’m trying to put plus-size on the map. We can be fashion-forward.” The collection she showed for the finale was shown in New York Fashion Week. Her designs and the models were gorgeous.
Like other finale shows of Project Runway, the finalist will present a collection of designs to a panel of judges. Tipton presented fun, flirty, whimsical designs in pastel colors. The models also wore elaborate floral headpieces.
When talking about her collection, Tipton says, “That’s what I love to design. I love to design the clothing that is not out there for your average plus size woman, and I want to fill in the gap of that industry and not design cookie-cutter things.”
Her aesthetic as a designer is definitely unique. It’s fun and young and different. That’s how she is when you see her in person. She describes herself as “fun, funky, and fat” on her Instagram page.
She is good for the plus-size community. She is a loud and proud voice that loves her curvy body, and she is not afraid to say it. Gone are the days when the plus-size choices were long, oversized, nonfashionable picks. Now the curvy fashionistas are able to wear the same thing the straight sizes wear. Fashionable, trendy, on-season clothes that show the wearer’s personality. This change came about because of the plus-size community itself. They had a demand for flattering clothing and businesses stepped in to make it happen.
The popular show gave Tipton a victory not just for herself as a designer but for the whole plus-size fashion industry and plus-size designers as a whole. By allowing a plus-size clothing line to win, they are giving the spotlight over to an often neglected side of the industry.
Plus-size fashion bloggers, writers, and consumers were happy with the results of the show. Ashley Tipton is giving designers inspiration to go into the plus-size market. Fashion is still a business, and the smart investors will want to jump on the bandwagon for the growing industry for plus-size designers and clothing lines.