Fashion’s future is already here. This September, we ask What Is Fashion Now? by exploring the people, concepts, and ideas that are pushing us forward in times of unprecedented change. In this story, we talk with seven plus-size fashion trailblazers about how far the industry has come and what they hope to see change.
There is no longer a question about whether or not plus-size fashion is “worth the cost.” Over the past decade, trailblazers within the industry have proven it is, growing the market, now worth more than $21 billion, and sparking an intersectional movement that cannot be silenced.
But the journey to now has been far more complex. Yes, the success of mainstream models like Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser has brought size inclusivity to the runways. But since 2008, numerous individuals — mostly Black women — have paved a path for the next generation of size inclusive