Last night we attended the opening of a new exhibition by designer Bronwynne Jones, Curvature and Couture: Design and the Pear shaped Woman.
After struggling to find clothes that suited her body shape, Bronwynne decided to take matters into her own hands. Under her label Thunder Thighs she creates garments for women whose waist to hip to thigh ratio isn’t catered to in mainstream fashion. Clothing, accessories and sculptural textile installations were all on display as well as runway event showcasing new designs.
Within the main gallery of the M16 Artspace we crowded around a pop up runway lined by delicate chairs adorned with either a blooming rose or a luscious pear. Large artworks of women, each with a pear shaped body, covered the back wall presiding over the event. A stream of models of different ages and sizes united by their body shape, confidently stormed the runway in a mix of separates made from bold fabrics including repurposed men’s shirts.
While the majority of advertising and imagery would have us believe that fashion is the domain of the thin, tall and white, we all know that the desire to engage with fashion is felt by a much more diverse array of people. Labels such as Thunder Thighs and events such as this one champion inclusivity and bridge the gap between what we perceive fashion to be and what it actually can be.
Find out more about Bronwynne’s design process in our Thunder Thighs designer Profile.