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Victory in the Size-Zero War! New York Fashion Week to Show a Plus-Size Designer Label for the First Time in 70 Year History

Susan Scafidi in The Daily Mail (UK), August 29, 2013

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New York Fashion Week is to feature a plus-size designer brand on the catwalk the first time in its 70-year history.

Cabiria, which carries womenswear in U.S. sizes 12 to 24, will showcase its spring/summer 2014 collection at the Lincoln Center on September 6.

Creative director, Eden Miler told Fashionista that she felt 'incredibly excited' about her label's debut, and her aim is to be 'seen just as the other offerings . . . not the freak show on the side.'

The announcement will no doubt be celebrated by those who have long criticized the fashion industry for its obsession with a 'thin ideal'.

Indeed, Project Runway mentor and former Parsons School of Design professor, Tim Gunn recently told the Huffington Post that 'fashion seems to end when you get any larger than a size 12.'

He also highlighted the lack of options available on the market for 'real women' in the 'real world'.

'Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it's the eighth floor, and it's just a department called "Woman."

'It's rather devastating. You've never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it's simply appalling.

'Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I'd throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It's insulting what these designers do to these women.'

His sentiments are echoed on the Tumblr account 'WTF, plus size clothing manufacturers?'

'Maybe clothing designers think plus size people worship big cats because all our f****** clothes are animal print,' it's creator, Roxy writes.

Cabiria, which stocks pieces starting at $180, was picked to feature at New York Fashion Week as part of the Fashion Law Institute's hour-and-a-half presentation.

Susan Scafidi, who selected the up-and-coming plus-size line, revealed to the MailOnline that all of the models set to walk on the runway are 'stunning'.

'Hopefully other designers will follow suit - for health reasons as well as aesthetic ones,' she added.

Most straight-size designers create pieces for Fashion Week in a miniature sample size-zero.

Former plus size model, Sophie Dahl once described the items supplied for catwalk assignments as being the equivalent of 'children's clothes'.

Cabiria's Ms Miller says that she's had an overwhelmingly positive response from the plus-size community.

She debuted her clothing line last year in a bid to bring 'whimsy, sensuality and luxury to the plus size world.'

With just over a week to go before her Fashion Week debut, she said that she's 'incredibly excited' and 'stoked', adding that 'there’s also a lot of pressure.'