New York Fashion Week will see one major change on its Spring 2014 runway: designer Eden Miller’s Cabiria line will be featured as the first-ever plus size fashion line to be showcased at NYFW.
Miller’s Cabiria line was chosen by the Fashion Law Institute to be a part of its showcase during the Spring 2014 runways. Miller is one of six designers chosen for the showcase; the other five include four straight size designers and one accessories designer.
“It just happened to be that they liked my stuff,” Miller told Fashionista. “It didn’t matter that I’m doing plus.”
“But it turns out that I’m the first plus [line to show at fashion week]!”
“I’m incredibly excited and so stoked about it, but there’s also a lot of pressure,” she added.
Miller seems adamant that her collection – and plus-size fashion in general – be seen as legitimate by the fashion industry.
“Even though there is a lot of plus high-end stuff out there in the marketplace, they’ve never shown at straight size fashion week,” she said.
“So there’s a certain amount of pressure to show that this is still high fashion, that this is part of the fabric of the fashion world as it is now, in 2013. It’s not an indie showcase, it’s not these indie designers trying to make a scene or some punk kid coming in trying to be an upstart,” she insisted.
Miller added that she’s already chosen models and booked fittings.
“My girls are standard runway height, they have beautiful walks–I didn’t hire anybody who couldn’t walk on a runway. I just wanted the show to feel like it is part of the tent show. It’s not the freak show on the side,” she said.
“I’m hoping it [being the first plus-size line] becomes a non-issue,” she added.
“I hope that it’s a beautiful show. I mean, I’ll be happy to get press coverage…but I’m really hoping that it’s seen just as the other offerings at fashion week.”