Isaac Mizrahi wants fashion to ditch the 'plus-size' label
Designer Isaac Mizrahi is pushing the fashion world to become more inclusive and cater for all women.
The former Project Runway: All Stars judge, who launched his career with a trunk show in 1987, has lead the way by expanding the sizes available in his offerings for home shopping network QVC, with his Isaac Mizrahi Live! line. But the veteran designer doesn't think the fashion industry is doing enough.
In an interview with Bustle, Mizrahi, whose clients have included Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts, acknowledges there has been some progress, but he is urging the fashion world to move on and do away with labels such as “plus-size” completely.
“I wish the plus-size issue was integrated properly—which (it's) so not,” he told Bustle. “I think it starts with moving away from using the words ‘plus-size’. It’s basically like saying, ‘you’re not included.’”
Mizrahi's comments echo those of supermodel Ashley Graham, the first “plus-size” model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. At a panel talk at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival earlier this year, Ashley spoke out against the term, calling it "totally outdated".
“The fashion industry might persist to label me as plus-sized, but I like to think of it as my-sized,” the model and activist added.
And Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy, who has created her own clothing line, also dislikes the term. “Every time someone says, ‘You make a plus-size one,’ I just correct them: ‘I make clothes for women.’” she told E! News.
Despite catering to Hollywood's elite earlier in his career, Mizrahi now says he dislikes the "exclusivity" of the fashion world, and his new mission is to dress all women and "make them look and feel fabulous."
“I always say, I would never speak to a plus size woman differently than another woman. So why would I treat her differently in my design process?” he questioned. “I think the fashion industry needs to share that point of view, and I’m happy that things are changing.”