British designer Jenny Packham presented her 2015 bridal collection during New York’s Bridal Fashion Week. The goddess-inspired show opened with Lana Del Rey’s enchanting single Once Upon a Time and—more surprisingly—plus-size model Marquita Pring.
Pring wasn’t the only plus-size beauty cast in the show. Later, Camilla Hansen modeled an open-back gown and Ashley Graham closed the show in a flowy, bohemian number. Graham spoke highly of the experience, saying, “The collection was undeniably magical. All [of] the nude tones with crystals she used [were] breathtaking. Every model backstage was picking which [look] they would like to wear for their wedding!”
She continued, “I was honored to be one of three plus-size girls in the show! [It] didn’t feel any different than walking in any other show, I just happened to be with a lot of straight-size models…I have never closed a show before, [so] to do it in [one] that has also never incorporated curves was an honor!”
Perhaps the bridal industry is onto something. Following Zac Posen’s up-to-size-26 collaboration with David’s Bridal, Packham seamlessly included curves into her 2015 collection. In both instances, it appears as though plus-size models were integrated into a typically straight-size sector without much fuss. Can curves be more easily accepted in bridalwear because the wedding industry is less exclusive than high fashion? It certainly seems that way.
Though we’re sure Packham knew she would receive some recognition for the progressive casting, it wasn’t shamelessly promoted. Pring, Hansen, and Graham simply walked to show that the average woman can wear Packham’s wedding gowns. Graham confirmed that, saying, “Jenny told me that she wanted her customer to know that you don’t have to be a size [four] to wear her dresses—and what better way to show that than to put plus-size models on the runway.”
Pring added, “I think it was a huge statement for Jenny to open and close the show with Ashley [and I]. She proved that her dresses flatter and fit women of all sizes. During interviews, [she said] that she enjoys designing and creating dresses that make women feel beautiful [and] size should have nothing to do with that.”
The press that Packham has garnered by casting plus-size models has been significant, but her collection hasn’t been outshone. In her typical fashion, it was filled with jeweled, powerful, and romantic looks, sure to be popular among young brides. The contemporary collection also included some of bridal fashion’s latest trends, including illusion necklines, non-traditional veils, and gilded details. – See more at: http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-curvy/curvy-news/2014/04/jenny-packham-plus-size-models-on-the-runway#sthash.UmmAWaaL.dpuf