Growing up wearing clothes designed for the chubby girl was so heart wrenching. It was difficult to find clothes that didn’t make me look matronly. I loved school, but I despised shopping for new school clothes each year. My mother would take my sister and I clothes shopping together (who was by the way, THIN). While trying on my chubbie size and her 6X (for thin little girls) in the same dressing room, I was reminded of the comparison. Of course, I didn’t resent my sister, I envied her.
I’ve kept these feelings hidden throughout the years, until now…
The NYU Costume Studies M.A. Program proudly presents their annual exhibition, Beyond Measure: – Fashion and the Plus Size* Woman, beginning January 13-February 3, 2016. “The fashion industry as played an undeniable role in enabling the stigmatization of larger women’s bodies.” http://beyondmeasurenyu.com/
4088 Chubbie Pattern, Printed 1961 Simplicity Pattern Company, Inc., (founded 1927)
You’ll notice the model was not a “chubbie” girl. Though the merger between academia and the museum is interesting, will this have a “real” effect on our overall culture?