Critics of Lena Dunham’s new plus size clothing collection say the pieces are not inclusive for all plus size people because the largest size is 26.
Dunham, creator of the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Girls,” told The New York Times this week that she is collaborating with plus-size company 11 Honoré on a “tightly edited collection of just five items.” Offers, from size 12 to size 26, range from a $ 98 ribbed mock-turtleneck cotton jersey tank to a $ 298 jacket.
“Right now, the only thing I do is talk about my own experience,”
The average woman in the United States wears a size 16 to 18 according to a scientific study, and plus-size brands like Eloquii and Universal Standard go up to 28 and 4X, respectively.
Many people on social media pointed out that sizes of Dunham’s clothing appear to be medium-sized rather than plus-size, and that there are “limited” options for larger people.
11 Honored Design Director Danielle Williams Eke told HuffPost via email that “it was important” for the company to offer private label products in sizes up to 26.
“We took a lot of time to perfect the character up to a size 26 that included multiple fittings on a range of women from sizes 12-26 with different body shapes,” Eke said. “Our ultimate goal is to dress as many women as possible, and we are completely open to expanding past size 26 in the future!”
Marcy Guevara-Prete, a celebrity stylist, co-owner of The Plus Bus Boutique and a self-proclaimed “big fan of 11 Honoré”, said she believes the brand “does their best with limited resources to give luxury fashion plus sizes. ”
“However, I think this particular collaboration is somewhat tone-deaf,” Guevara-Prete told HuffPost via email, adding that “the simple solution is not to call it ‘inclusive’.”
“When something is called inclusive and stops at 26, it excludes a large part of society in plus size, and the most desperate for pieces like these, those over a size 26,” said Guevara-Prete, who has dressed stars as comedian Michelle Buteau and actor Gabourey Sidibe.
Guevara-Prete said Dunham’s “quick touch in plus-size fashion” shows “her continued privilege in the industry and now the plus-size fashion industry.”
Dunham did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.