Fashion-forward, the fashion industry is not.
Wokeness might be the lifestyle choice du jour for on-trend millennials, but when it comes to topics such as body positivity, inclusion and diversity, the fashion industry still has some waking up to do.
Take longtime tastemaker Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away this month at the age of 85. Lagerfeld spent decades at the helm of Chanel, and he made no secret of his disdain for plus-size models, stating in a 2008 interview, “Curvy women should not walk the runway.”
“It’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous,” said Lagerfeld in Charles Ameline’s 2013 book The World According to Karl.
Lagerfeld might have been one of the only designers willing to go on the record with his views, but he wasn’t the only one to hold them.