The triumph of plus-size models at the Australian Fashion Week

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15.05.2022

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Resort 2023 was held in Sydney. In addition to well-known designers, new names debuted at it, which literally made a splash. The level of scandalousness, frankness and brightness on the show just rolled over. Many shows were more like theatrical performances or a carnival. There were three queer designers on the list of participants who showed the most interesting ways to use recycled materials in models: papier-mâché corsets, paper witch hats and corsets made from repurposed fabrics appeared on the catwalk.

The red line at Fashion Week was the theme of plus-size models. For the first time in the 26-year history of the event, a separate show was arranged for models with sizes 50-52 and above, because most designers simply do not sew clothes for such women. Because of this, by the way, a scandal erupted last year. Australian organizers were accused of discriminating against overweight people because all the models at Fashion Week were skinny. This year, the oversight was corrected: about 60 plus-size models from the Bella Management agency appeared on the podium.

A demonstration of adaptive clothing for people with disabilities was also held. The show, called the Adaptive Clothing Collective, showcased clothes with convenient magnetic closures, high-waisted trousers designed for wheelchairs and other useful devices for the disabled. The Fashion Week program included more than 50 shows, which included shows from Australian Aborigines promoting a love of nature and traditional clothing.

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