Published on January 22, 2013 | by Billie-Jade Thomas


Curves on the catwalk

Remi Ray has created a weekend for all involved to discuss plus-size fashion [Image: Remi Ray]

 A London College of Fashion (LCF) graduate is organising a plus-size fashion weekend that will take place during this year’s London Fashion Week.

Remi Ray, 25, wants the The British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend to promote the plus-size fashion industry.

The event is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK and is expected to attract over 500 people. It will be split between two east London venues; club Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Created by Evolve Magazine and Ray’s own online fashion boutique Trapped in a Skinny World, the weekend will focus largely on women who wear dress size 14 and above.

Ray studied Access to HE Diploma (Fashion Business) at LCF and originally created the concept of a plus-sized event during fashion week in 2010.

She told Arts London News: “I wanted to create the British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend as I could see a niche in the market and knew that it would be something amazing for plus-size women to call their own. I have been inspired by my own personal troubles in regards to body shape and size and not wanting to have to be stick-thin to fit in.”

Industry endorsement

The event will run on February 15 and 16 and is sponsored by the popular clothing brand Simply Be.

A catwalk show featuring professional plus-size models and a discussion on the plus-size market will be held over the weekend.

The panel will be made up of industry professionals such as the chief executive officer of plus-size magazine SKORCH, Jessica Kane and Velvet D’Amour – the first plus-size model to walk in a Jean Paul Gaultier show. The event will also include networking sessions, a styling master class and a plus-size pop-up shop.

“I knew that it would be something amazing for plus-size women to call their own.” Remi Ray

Featured designers and labels from Europe and America are being showcased and will include Syreeta Badu, Carolyn de la Drapiere and Pauline et Julie.

Other designers, such as Mark Fast and Ziad Ghanem, are going against the grain by using regular or plus sized models in their catwalk shows to try and push a healthy body image to their consumers.

Ray continued: “I believe that this event allows retailers, designers, industry professionals and consumers to come together under one umbrella for one reason with one shared interest fashion, and feeling comfortable and accepted in an environment that has them at the forefront.”



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