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Fashion can influence the way we dress, and the way we see our bodies. There’s always been arguments around the fashion industry’s unrealistic vision of how thin models should be. bits and bobbins points us to an article in the Wall Street Journal that covers one model’s obstacles to working after gaining five pounds. The article goes on to explore deeper issues of how body size and fashion work together. From the article: “So we have bodies being formed to fit clothes, rather than clothes designed to fit bodies.” Read the entire article

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    Mar 1, 2008, 01.05 PMby marmota-b

    Just take a look at the fashion sketches in the Pantone fashion guide mentioned some posts earlier, and try to find a normal body there! That’s crazy.

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    Feb 28, 2008, 06.01 PMby olar

    “The pics are more interesting cos the folks are there in all their quirky, original glory, and its shown in the context of personality, craftiness and fun.”

    Yes! I love that too! I never had very good feelings towards the fashion industry :) ! I appreciate a lot that the patterns in this site are covering in general a very large range and the hows to on how to enlarge/reduce patterns. Heather, I see your point but look in the blog at the pictures of the Burdastyle team, they are all the time wearing the creations: as they naturally are sewing them for personal use it makes sense they are picking their sizes.

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    Feb 28, 2008, 05.16 PMby heather

    Interesting article. I love clothing and design, but I do hate this seemingly all pervasive attitude in the fashion industry that only thin people look good in clothes. It also constantly disturbs me that clothes supposedly made for ‘women’ are modelled by adolescents. I have to say though, the one thing that actually quite bothers me about burdastyle is that they almost exclusively use tall, very thin fashion models to show the new patterns. don’t get me wrong, I’m not ‘skinny bashing’, or saying that people can’t be thin naturally. I think healthy thin people are beautiful, but so are healthy larger people. I just wish burdastyle could reflect a bit more of the diversity of their member base when selecting models. To constantly show clothes modeled by people of only one body type just feeds into the myth that there is only one body type that is ‘good enough’.

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    Feb 28, 2008, 03.31 PMby emilykate

    How sad! That model is far prettier with a bit more flesh on! She could even do with MORE, that’s the irony! But this is why I LOVE places like BurdaStyle and all the random little fashion blogs that have sprouted up that (like bitsandbobbins) are started by regular people and feature real people. The pics are more interesting cos the folks are there in all their quirky, original glory, and its shown in the context of personality, craftiness and fun. You guys should get that model in for a pattern shoot, get her some work now that she’s ‘too big’ LOL.

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