Archive | March, 2010

Debenhams disabled model

1 Mar

So Debenhams becomes the first high street store to use a disabled model in their window campaign.

Shannon Murray, who broke her neck when she was a teenager, will be included in the campaign alongside a plus size model, a petite model and one average model thrown in for good luck. The new  ‘Principles by Ben de Lisi’ label which raves about its inclusivity ranges from sizes 8 to 20 and includes petite. This also comes after recently Debenhams used size 16 mannequins in its window displays.

The images, which will be used in Glasgow, Guildford, Oxford Street, and Nottingham hark back to when the late Alexander McQueen made catwalk history. He used a model with two specially designed and carved wooden legs which he had designed at London Fashion week September 1998 ( also see photo).

…Or when Gok Wan made over a disabled lady for ‘How to Look Good Naked’.

But should it really need to be shouted about ? The vast media coverage on this make it sound like it is a dramatic difference to the world of fashion. Is it really? People are just people. I know I said I don’t think fat models should be used for high end catwalks but I don’t understand why its taken this long for the high street to fully represent its buyers.

Read more at the Telegraph,