This post began to brew in my head when I watched last night's Project Runway, and came to a head when I read this post earlier today.
You can watch the episode yourself here, or read the EW recap here.
|Marilyn Monroe, en pointe|
I have full faith, for the record, that my husband would be very, very good at this.
Some designers celebrated this fact. Others - Olivier - were displeased with the turn of events. Sure, they want to design clothes. Sure, these clothes become a line which would be sold to retailers with the eventual reality being that they would be worn by women....
|Designer Olivier Green, pondering the breast situation|
Much was made over the fact that these "real women" had "large breasts," "large hips," "large everything." Those of us in the audience could point that that these womanly attributes, for most women, are not "large," simply "existent."
|First Lady Dolly Payne Todd Madison|
How confused? He had to have the concept explained by the checkout girl at Mood. "It's a cup size," she said.
|"Hellooo! Our swimwear doubles as a girdle!"|
The fashion world's abhorrence of breasts has long been a subject of contention for me. While some women have smaller breasts and some women have larger breasts, breasts are a genetically-given part of a woman's anatomy. They have purpose, as do hips.
|Sophia Loren at Cannes|
But for some reasons, breasts are not en vogue. This has not always been the case. In fact, for centuries, it was considered a good thing for women to have breasts. They went out of style in the 1920's, but returned a decade later, and continued until the 60's when the "Twiggy" look became popular.
Am not a fan of her myself.
Is it that breasts are so 1891?
But where are we now? We live in a world where you can have a man work the runway for both men's and women's apparel. The women's apparel is not designed for a body that appears womanly. The People.com article says that model Andrej Pejic looked just like every other young woman coming down the runway, but I'd like to point out that those are MAN LEGS.
I don't care how slim they are, the muscles are just structured differently.
|Joan Harris, my hero|
Add the fact that in 2010 alone, 319,123 breast augmentation surgeries were performed. Considering that 138,152 breast reduction surgeries were performed in the same year, it means that a woman is more likely to have cosmetic surgery performed on her breasts than any other body part.
It also means that, in America, they just keep getting bigger.