Sample Size T Shirt Sends Fashion Week Into A Spin
Fashion brand Chromat do things right.
Chromat, a NY-based clothing line, is our new favourite fashion house after it debuted its Saturation collection at New York Fashion Week. For two reasons: 1. Their whole collection was inspired by wet t-shirts, "to reclaim the experience of hiding under a giant T-shirt at a pool party and make it a garment to wear proudly." and 2. They created "sample size" shirts and sent them down the runway, making a huge political statement about body diversity and body positivity. And now you will want one.
Chromat offers sizes XS-3XL as standard. Which is sublime in itself.
"'Sample sizing' tends to be an excuse that other designers cite as a reason why they don't feature a range of sizes in their runway shows. At Chromat, we know that the designer has the power to choose what size they prototype their collection in," the label stated in a press release. "Our goal is to encourage more designers to sample their collections in a range of sizes, in order to celebrate all different size bodies on the runway."
They also sent a hugely diverse range of models down the runway -- again showing how inclusive they are -- like activist and model Mama Cax who walked the runway with her prosthetic leg.
Albino model Diandra Forrest also walked, as did trans activist Layna Bloom
“I wanted to reimagine the whole idea of throwing a ginormous shirt over your swimsuit at the pool because you’re too embarrassed to be seen,” Becca McCharen-Tran, the designer, told Vogue backstage about the Saturation collection. “To take that moment of vulnerability and make it something to be proud of.”
The Sample Size shirt itself is available to buy on Chromat's website for $60 US, which has a message for us all. "Every size is Sample Size. Click 'add to cart' if you agree."
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