That's right, 70 years NYFW
has been alive. 70 years the industry has looked to this designated week of fashion, trends and beauty to dictate what would come next. The best of the best; from the big name brands down to the fashion forward new ones. The hottest models and the most talked about celebs. At first glance one could say fashion week has been covering every inch of fashion for the last 70 years. Except that would be wrong, way wrong, because it has been missing plus size fashion.... until NOW.
Eden Miller, and her plus size clothing line, Cabiria
was chosen by the Fashion Law Institute to be a part of its showcase during the spring runway shows this week during NYFW. She's one of six designers chosen; the others include one accessories designer and four straight size designers. Eden told Fashionista.com
, “It just happened to be that they liked my stuff. It didn’t matter that I’m doing plus. But it turns out that I’m the first plus [line to show at fashion week]! I’m incredibly excited and so stoked about it, but there’s also a lot of pressure.”
It may not matter to Fashion Law Institute, but it certainly matters to the plus community, myself included! This is not only a major step in legitimizing plus fashion, but hopefully a step towards lifting the gates that divide the straight size and plus size fashion world!
What do I think about all this??
Here's the thing, I have done fashion week. I have sat at shows and admired the pieces designers have sent down the runway saying to myself "if only in plus". I have seen the lack of representation in plus fashion under the tents. I am one of, say two dozen or so, women who are under the tents covering fashion week as a plus woman.
And while this isn't going to change things overnight, it is a HUGE deal. Eden and Cabiria are being recognized as a quality designer/brand worthy of showing under the tents (sizing aside) and the fact that she is a plus designer, well that is MAJOR. Sure, it is going to take a long time for the rest of the fashion world to even throw a positive head nod Eden's way, but it doesn't matter, in the long run it's the fact that she IS the FIRST plus designer to show
at NYFW.. and that sure as hell will count for something!
I remember the first time I met Eden Miller...
We were at a spring collection launch for Madison Plus Select
and I had the chance to spend some time chatting with her (read: thanking her for quality clothing) about her collection, sold at MPS, and her vision. She is laid back and fun. With two tone hair, tons of tats and a charismatic personality it is easy to get lost in chit chat, but once you start talking to her about her plus size clothing company, Cabiria, and plus fashion as a whole,she is nothing but business! Her commitment to plus fashion and her passion for quality, fashionable designs for a curvier woman all lend way to her undeniable talent.
All that and she is super nice. SO nice, in fact, that she took time out of her CRAZY (Eden is not only designing for the 9/6 Fashion Law Institute show but also works as the wardrobe supervisor on tv show Alpha House) schedule to chat w/ me about NYFW...
How do you feel about being asked to show at NYFW?
It's an incredible honor, and a big responsibility. It's not just the regular pressures of the show itself, but that I want to create an atmosphere that opens the door for other deserving designers to be welcomed in as well. I feel strongly that my designs are solid and beautiful, though, so I'm confident there.
How do you think this will change the plus industry and the way it's perceived by the straight size/everyday fashion world moving forward?
I really hope that it inspires more designers to make higher end clothing with an edgy appeal, which is the art of fashion (not the business, per se). I hope that moving forward there isn't a difference in straight and plus fashion - that it's beautiful clothes and fine craftsmanship or not. And I hope that it enlightens more plus size customers that there are options out there so we can support unique designers instead of being relegated to the big box retailer uniform and resignation of daily wear.
What are your biggest hopes in regards to the end result and aftermath of this show and presentation?
I have my hopes like I mentioned above. On a meta scale, I hope it means that Cabiria will become a big draw and people seek out the line so my customer base grows. Also, it will make marketing and education about the brand easier. But the biggest hope is really to create legitimacy in the straight size fashion world for quality, deserving plus lines and designers.
You have worked so hard, so diligently, on this brand and the industry. Any thoughts/comments to readers?
I love this community of activists and allies and lovers of all things beautiful in retail. I think the many regional shows that happen focused on the plus fashion community are wonderful and celebratory, and should be supported. But I also think that legitimacy and parity in the fashion world is earned, and we have to step up our expectations of quality and choice. Stop comparing ourselves to other plus designers, but to all designers. And by that I mean artists, architects, industrial product designers, accessory designers, etc. Good design is good design, no matter the end use or size.
Want more scoop on Eden Miller, Cabiria and this MAJ event? She is being talked about, ummmm everywhere!
, Vogue Italia
, Daily Mail UK
and so many more. Get a full list of all the press coverage on Eden's blog
I am so excited to be attending the 9/6 Fashion Law Institute show (this is the show I am most excited about this year, for obvious reasons) & I can't wait to share all the fabulous fashions Eden will be sending down the runway. Be sure to follow my NYFW journey on Instagram
, and follow Cabiria HERE
Congratulations to you Eden, and thank you for your time. See you Friday!
Lots of Lime,