A reflection of the real world

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This is how fashion should be

For how long I am already writing and saying: fashion world wake up! It’s time for diversity. “Fashion is all about dreams and illusion and can be in different sizes, colours and ages.”
Fashion should be a reflection of the real world.

I already wrote about this documentary before. So great to see that Jenny McQuaile (director), Yael Melamede (producer) and Jessica Lewis (producer). And so amazing with Jessica I have worked with, 3,5 years ago. A size diversity shoot in New York. We already talked about how important it is to show diversity in fashion.
Photo above: Anastasia Garcia

Jessica, wearing clothes of my label! Picture by Suzanne Rensink
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Backstage with Justine (L) and Jessica (R) in our apartment in NYC
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When you think about the different types of models in the fashion industry, two categories come to mind: straight size and plus size. But the Straight/Curve documentary is exploring beyond this simplistic dichotomy. The film is centered around one project, the “Straight/Curve: Fashion Reimagined” exhibit, which features 12 models of different ages, sizes, and skin tones in one epic photo. The documentary chronicles all the preparation and obstacles: booking a diverse group of models, finding the luxury clothes in various sizes, dealing with fashion industry politics, and finally the reactions of the exhibit attendees. The purpose: To prove that diversity is not only beautiful, but also essential.

“We never see women of varying shapes and sizes and colors standing in the same photo with a high-end aesthetic and high-fashion clothing,” Jenny McQuaile, the director and producer of the film, tells SELF. “We’re so accustomed to seeing straight-size models through this lens and that thin ideal is so damaging to society. I wanted to change the imagery that we’re seeing out there and show the fashion industry that it can be done.”

McQuaile is hoping that Straight/Curve viewers will walk out of the photo exhibit and the film with a new perspective on the diversity movement that is already escalating right now. “This exhibit poses the question: ‘What is the problem with these images?’ And I’m really hoping that people say, ‘Nothing. They’re beautiful,’ says McQuaile.” She hopes to debut the Straight/Curve documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival early in 2017. But you can see the first trailer for the film and a few exclusive images from the diversity exhibit ahead.

Different sizes, ages and colours! PERFECTION! Photo: Anastasia Garcia
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