Gatsbylady are one of my favourite brands and they have been for quite some time. Not only are they fully inclusive and cater from the smallest straight size to the biggest plus size, but they also continue on the most incredible quality throughout all their sizes. Not only do they cater for all, but in their catwalk shows they are always sure to have a diverse range of models to represent all of their customers. We asked the members at She Might Be what seeing a diverse catwalk like this meant to them.
Georgina (me!) – ‘Being able to see someone who looks so much like me on a catwalk is incredible. It means I can truly see what the piece will look like on me, how it moves, how confident the model looks it in, overall it’s such a positive and empowering thing to see. It fills you with a lot of joy and love seeing so many people being represented. It definitely makes me love a brand and want to support them so much more as it’s still incredibly rare to see.’
Carrie – ‘Seeing more diversity on the catwalk is encouraging and it’s fantastic to see a dress and KNOW how it’s going to look on my body, instead of having to squint a bit, and just use my freaking imagination!’
Nicola – ‘I love being able to see any kind of body in a designer’s clothes and get a real idea of how it’s going to fit on myself personally. So many times you feel you have to gamble on clothes and end up disappointed or don’t end up trying something you’d actually love because you don’t get to see any real representation. Can more designers follow this please??’
Michelle – ‘Proper representation is so important. I applaud the designers proactively seeing that there are designs are seen on a range of bodies. Most of us grew up in a world where we didn’t see enough positive representations of ourselves. That’s changing and that’s wonderful!’
Amanda – ‘I wish more brands did this! Major props for using a plus size model who has a relatively smaller chest. Small busted babes are VERY underrepresented (aka unrepresented) by plus size brands. I appreciate varying heights as well! Fashion doesn’t only exist for those 5’10” and up!’
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The only way they could possibly improve is to showcase disabled models, Shona brought this issue up, ‘Whilst it’s great to see so many beautiful people of different shapes, sizes, heights, ethnicities etc rocking the same dresses for me I still cannot see myself in this. I love being able to celebrate when brands do improve their diversity but it seems that once again Disability has been left out. As a powerchair user I rarely see myself represented in fashion and this would have been a great opportunity to include disabled people so it’s a real shame that they haven’t because the dresses are gorgeous.’
Which dress is your favourite?