Versace Casts Curve Fashions on the Runway For the First Time

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MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: Fashion designer Donatella Versace (C) walks the runway at the end of the Versace fashion show during Milan Women's Fashion Week on September 25, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Handout / Versace Press Office via Getty Images)

The Spring / Summer 2021 runway at Versace included three curve models – Jill Kortleve, Alva Claire and Precious Lee – three more than the fashion house has ever cast on the runway before, and one more than the number of curve models cast in Fall 2020 Milan last season . Yes, last Milan Fashion Week there was a single pair of curve model castings at Fendi. Kortleve was one of them. Overall, curve model castings reached a maximum of 46 in all four cities – New York, London, Milan and Paris – in the fall of 2020, compared to 86 in the previous season.

But for the spring of 2021, Donatella Versace asked for a refreshment. Apart from the fact that their Versacepolis show – with a utopian underwater theme that invited us, with the new interpretation of the shell motifs by Gianni Versace & # 39; trésor de la mer & # 39; Escape from 1992 into an "underground fantasy" – not typically staged. It also contained a more fervent message than previous collections. Donatella's decision to put on a socially distant runway show came with a few caveats. In fact, the people in the audience were their own team, all of whom tested negative for COVID-19 before the event. "I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to meet all of the amazing people who worked so hard to bring a beautiful experience," Donatella said of the front row, which is usually full of celebrities under normal circumstances.

Donatella has always boasted a positive message of feminine empowerment. I still remember watching the runway show behind my computer screen in the fall of 2017. Slogans like equality, unity and courage boomed from the speakers and echoed on clothing from start to finish. But if we were supposed to all be celebrating, this would surely have been reflected in a diverse range of models with many different body types. I wish I had done more to bring that out.

Famous fashion houses like Versace have been preparing for traditional pattern size shows on the catwalk for years, as it's the ideal way for designers to be conservative with fabric before pieces go into production. And Versace's iconic shows have been cast with the world's best celebrity supermodels – hell even with J Lo in Spring 2020 who paid homage to her memorable palm-print red carpet gown – so it's no surprise a) the runway is still this season was physical, not digital, b) 76 of the total 79 looks were sample size, and c) longtime muses of the house like Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls performed on the catwalk. But the brand's remarkable growth came with the addition of Jill Kortleve, Alva Claire and Precious Lee, and that should be celebrated.

Precious Lee, Alva Claire and Jill Kortleve celebrated their historic moment while walking on the Spring 2021 show on Instagram. Lee thanked Donatella for raising the bar in her heartfelt contribution. "This is such a historic moment and I can't believe it actually happened. I'm still shivering. I'm so so proud of us @alvaclaire @preciousleexoxo. It's so incredible to work for brands that I've always worked for I hope we open the doors to a new generation with the same dreams but never seen in the magazines or commercials. Thank you for this iconic moment @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @donatella_versace @versace, "Kortleve signed a video by himself In a sporty crop top with candy stripes and a low-slung midi skirt with buckle and neckline at the hips.

"I know that there have always been women like me who are magnetically interested in the art and imagination that only exist in high fashion. We have always been adored from the outside, but never felt seen. We have had each other for so long never seen reflected again in the pictures we loved. Going to Versace means opening the door wider and making room for these important waves of change. There's so much left to do, but I'm honored to be one To play a role and help build the momentum, "Alva Claire told POPSUGAR.

"I hope that curve models are present in Versace campaigns, that expanded sizes are regularly offered online, and that the Versace muse continues to look like a strong, confident woman in any shape or size beyond a season's underground fantasy."

Before the show, Donatella told Fashion Her mission was to give fashion meaning at this crucial moment. "The world has changed and we have changed. We have been repeating this almost as a mantra for months, but at the end of the day for a designer it means starting over," she said of the future of Versace, after the pandemic, means to maintain its role as "an example of inclusion, mutual support and acceptance of what is different from us". So it is imperative that we continue to see that inclusion – people of different races, with different body types, from different backgrounds – when this is the customer Versace is talking to.

"Even if a designer has a plus on the catwalk that is reflected in the composition of the company and in the audience (another important consideration), what happens after fashion week? Inclusivity is not an issue that you only think about two months a year should. "Writer Gianluca Russo noted in it Fashionista Report on diversity and size inclusiveness for the Fall 2020 fashion monthly season. She is right that we shouldn't just take a look during a 20-minute show. For this reason, not only do I hope that we will see more than three curve models in the next month of the year Donatella Versace presents (probably in February), but I also hope that curve models are present in Versace campaigns that match the size expand are consistently offered online and the Versace muse continues to look like a strong, confident woman of any shape or size that goes beyond the underground fantasy of a season.

Donatella already dressed Lizzo for the Grammys 2020 in January and marked the special moment on Instagram with a post on her personal account. "Such a #RedCarpet dream … perfection!" She wrote. Like J Lo; Like Lee, Claire, and Kortleve, Lizzo is certainly a star I can imagine who is empowered to possess her sex appeal like a true Versace muse.

We need to see more of this representation and inclusion among luxury fashion houses across the board – and not just on the catwalk or through the studio pieces designed for award shows. Ads make a statement, as Kortleve noted on Instagram, be it on the pages of a magazine or in the middle of our feed as we scroll Instagram every hour. And the availability of the runway clothing that we see in stores in a variety of sizes is of paramount importance. Because if fashion is for everyone, then shopping is too.

I think I can speak for the entire fashion community when I say that there is no better time than the present to hold ourselves accountable. While 2020 may be a pivotal moment for change, we've waited long enough for size inclusiveness to be not just on display, but in a single, viral moment, but forever.

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