Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 hosts first plus-size runway show

An Australian Fashion Week show has been applauded for dedicating its runway to ‘real’ women after the fashion event was criticized last year.

For the first time in its 26-year history, Australian Fashion Week hosted a plus-size show – and the move was met with huge applause.

The Curve Edit featured 84 different runway looks from six local brands that all design clothes for women aged 12-26.

Model Robyn Lawley led the first show of its kind, hosted by modeling agent Chelsea Bonner, CEO of Bella Management.

Chelsea said historically it has always been a “battle” to convince brands to use models larger than a size 12. After AAFW 2021 was criticized for lacking “size diversity” last year, Chelsea decided to take matters into their own hands.

“The challenge each season, to have one, two or three models over a size 12 on a fashion week catwalk, is huge,” she said. CNN.

“The time it takes, the amount of convictions you have to do – it’s just a real battle.

“I was like, ‘You know what, I just want to do this myself.’ what a role model is and what a woman looks like.

At the event, models wore an array of looks from designers Saint Somebody, 17 Sundays, Embody Women, Vagary, Harlow and Zaliea Designs.

Outfits ranged from lingerie and bikinis to flowing dresses and statement pieces.

The event proved a huge success with streams of social media posts praising the inclusive parade.

“Such an awesome show!” The girls were absolutely amazing! @chelsesubscribe you should be so proud well done,” one person wrote on Instagram.

“Loved going to the Curve Edit at @ausfashionweek… 20 years of preparation for @chelsesubscribe and @bellamanagement. It was as amazing as it was meaningful,” said another.

Others described the show as “a huge move” and “a total game-changer”.

Participants on the show included former MAFS star Jules Robinson and LGBTQIA+ activist and stylist Deni Todorovic.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Deni praised The Curve Edit for showing the fashion industry “how it’s done”.

Fashion brand Dyspnea appeared later that night and was also praised for its inclusion and diversity.

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