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“We can’t afford it” and other plus-size fashion excuses designers make

It’s 2022 and while small steps are being made towards a more inclusive fashion future, such as the first ever plus size fashion show and greater overall diversity on the catwalk at Australian Fashion Week, there is still a long way to go. Case in point: of the suite of designers showing at Australian Fashion Week, only around 40 per cent make a size 16. As sizes get larger representation diminishes further with just over 10 per cent of designers offering a size 18 or above. Of course, this ma