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    The Fast and the furious: Stylist at London Fashion Week resigns over designer Mark Fast's decision to use size 14 models



    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 11:57 AM on 20th September 2009

    A furious back-stage row erupted at London Fashion Week after a designer chose use 'normal-sized' models.

    Mark Fast, who is known for his sculpted 'bodycon' dresses, used three models of sizes 12 and 14 to showcase his designs - which prompted his stylist to resign.
    The news emerged after a journalist from the fashion magazine Elle posted a message on Twitter within an hour of the show.


    Big issue: Mark Fast used size 12 and 14 models to model knitted dresses at his London Fashion Week catwalk show

    Fast's managing director, Amanda May, said she was 'so happy we stuck to our guns over the casting' adding that she was 'really grateful' to another stylist, Daniella Agnelli, who had stepped in at the last minute.
    Weighty debate: Mr Fast had to find a replacement after his stylist walked out in a row over 'normal' models

    On Friday, Professor Ulrike Schmidt, chair of the Institute of Psychiatry's eating disorders team, spoke out about the dangers of very thin models.

    She said: 'We are very concerned that the lack of medical checks for models at London Fashion Week, coupled with an "environment where being underweight is the norm, prevents those with eating disorders from gaining insight into their condition".'
    Fast used size 12 model Hayley Morley in his catwalk show after working with her for the London Fashion Week photography exhibition, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.
    The exhibition features models aged 18-65, in sizes 8 to 16, wearing outfits created by young leading designers.
    In 2007, the Model Health Inquiry was launched by the British Fashion Council after several 'size-zero' models died from starvation. It sparked a lengthy debate on the sizing of catwalk models but failed to set out any firm industry guidelines.
    In June, Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, wrote to leading designers asking for larger-sized clothes for the magazine's photo shoots.

    She said: 'We have now reached the point where many of the sample sizes don't comfortably fit even the established star models.'





    Fuller-figured: Curvier women were used to model Mr Fast's 'bodycon' dresses. In 2007, a Model Health Inquiry was launched in response to the death of several 'size zero' models. It failed to set out any firm industry guidelines












    Mr Fast used conventionally-slim models (above) alongside the curvier women


    Read more: London Fashion Week stylist resigns over designer's decision to use size 14 models in show | Mail Online

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    Seems short sighted of the stylist.
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    If our body has meant to look so skinny, then why is it so hard to get to this size, not mention very unhealthy? What's wrong with normal, healthy, womanly body?

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    ^^ exactly, we are not meant to look like sticks
    Act normal and the crowd will accept you. Act deranged and they will make you their leader

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    ^Absolutely nothing.

    Good for him for taking a stand against supporting the notion that anorexic=style and beauty.
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    The stylist should be named and shamed.

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    Those models look soo much better than the super skinny ones.

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    And lets face it none of them look even fat...
    (UK 12 = US 8; UK 14 = US 10)

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    The dresses look better on the "average" models, he's smart.

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    I didn't know they were the "normal" sized women, they looked great, better than the skinnies.
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    A knit dress needs something to stretch around, to look good. These girls look awesome, and I would love to have a body like the girl in the black dress. Perfect proportions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaffyMoon View Post
    The stylist should be named and shamed.
    Agree! And there is NO practical or professional reason for her to resign over this because she was working for the designer. It isn't like she can say she would have trouble finding clothing in their size- the clothing was provided!

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    And more likely to be bought by normal women. He will be rich.

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    Those models look gorgeous, the skinny ones look awful

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    The size UK 12/14 models look very similar to some of the "supermodels" of the 80's and 90's. Sigh...miss those days. Now the models all are interchangeable and look like praying mantis.
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