Fashion and food aren’t two words you often hear together. I am constantly torn between these two things; I love a cup of tea and a scrumptious piece of carrot cake yet I still want to feel fabulous in that dress on Saturday night.
Fortunately there are at least two people I admire that prove these two things can go together. British fashion consultant Gok Wan has done a brilliant job providing fashion advice to celebrities and real women of all sizes, encouraging and teaching the world how to shop for your shape. And after watching the first episode of ‘Gok Cooks Chinese’ I am pleased to see that good fashion and good food can go hand in hand.
But also discussing fashion and food of late is Sophie Dahl; a model, cook, television presenter and the granddaughter of my favourite childhood author. Sophie was recognised by Vogue stylist Isabella Blow and modelled for brands including Versace, Pringle and Alexander McQueen. During her early modelling career Sophie was given advice on how to diet but instead gained weight before losing it later.
There is a constant debate regarding the health and eating habits of catwalk models. Who is to blame for the super-slim trend and how can we change the way the fashion industry and media works?
Sophie has been quoted blaming designers for the now oh-so-normal size zero catwalk model. She explained that sample sizes were almost like ‘children’s clothing,’ being several sizes smaller than the sizes we see in stores.
‘The small sample thing is ridiculous. They are too small. They are like children’s clothes.’
The sad thing is that if the models don’t fit in these ridiculously tiny sizes they will probably be out of work, so where is the encouragement for these girls to be healthy?
Sophie has shared details of some photoshoots where models weren’t able to stop for a decent lunch simply because they were too busy.
Small changes have been made with thanks to huge efforts of campaigning for healthier model sizes over the past few years. Vogue have agreed to only work with ‘healthy’ models to promote better body images. However, I can’t seem to see any big changes being made anytime soon. Designers seem to simply think their work hangs better on a thinner frame.
If fashion brands need any extra encouragement to change the way they promote their designs, recent research suggests women are TWICE as likely to buy an item of clothing when modelled by a female of a similar size.