What Happened to Andrae?
"Some of my commissions are women that are plus size, and it's a really new territory for me. I don't have a mannequin that's the right size... Coming over here I was thinking, because a plus size body is shaped different than a non-plus size body, it should also liberate you in terms of design. I think all through the history of fashion we've been augmenting [straight] sizes so they fit plus sizes. I've never seen someone approach it from square one, like, that this is the shape, and then just work around clothing that shape. That, actually, really fascinates me and would be something that I would love to explore in terms of a line."
" I think one of the biggest mistakes [in designing plus-sized clothing] is probably hiding. Some of the most unattractive clothes are the ones that are designed to obscure the body... It's when the clothes are sort of pretend or make believe that a plus size woman is not a plus size. Any sort of self-hatred that goes into the design, that's a mistake. "
How is it possible that I now love Andrae even more? Seriously, to have a designer of Andrae's caliber designing specifically for the plus-size body... it wouldn't be an ugly mermaid dress, that's for sure. I love Andrae.