“Fashion seems to end when you get any larger than a size 12," Gunn told The Huffington Post in an interview yesterday. "How ridiculous is that?"
Gunn went on to expand the thought, calling out the industry for vanity sizing and for ignoring the fashion needs of plus size customers.
"It's not a matter of sizing up or sizing down from a size six," he said, "It's a matter of reconceiving things altogether. There are just some things that you can't or shouldn't do.”
Even long-time “Project Runway” sponsor Lord & Taylor wasn’t exempt from Tim Gunn’s statements.
"Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it's the eighth floor, and it's just a department called 'Woman.' It's rather devastating. You've never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it's simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I'd throw myself right out the window.”
While the statements sound harsh they are expanding on a familiar theme of Gunn’s. When not in New York taping “Project Runway” Gunn travels the country hosting runway shows as part of his duties as Chief Creative Director for Liz Claiborne and talking to real women about fashion. A favorite theme of Gunn’s at these talks is the idea of “fashion for any size.” At most of these events Gunn gives “real” women advice for how to add flattering fashion for their size to their every day wardrobes.
None of this should come as a surprise to “Project Runway” fans who have often heard Gunn criticize designers who struggle with the annual “designing for the real woman” challenge on each season of the show. The challenge is usually a particularly hard one for designers who are used to designing clothing model sized bodies. Many call it their most dreaded challenge of the season.