Alber Elbaz: 'it's every woman's dream to be skinny'

19 May 2010

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Leading on from yesterday’s ‘digitally fattening up models’ debate, a pro-zero sound bite from Planet fashion, that, we have to admit, holds elements of truth.
In a recent interview Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz said, it’s not super skinny models who are to blame for the rise in eating disorders – it’s just women that want to be skinny, full stop.
‘We are being accused that some models are anorexic,’ said Alber, ‘But we as fashion designers cannot be blamed, because you know, when I talk to women around the world, rich and poor and young and old and intellectual and not, what they want to be is skinny. You ask them, what is your dream? It’s to be skinny. That’s all they want.’
However, whilst women are endlessly pursuing flawless figures, Alber says he celebrates imperfections. ‘Me, as a designer, who is not exactly skinny, all I want is comfortable clothes,’ he said, ‘All I want is beautiful. I mean, I like grey hair, I love wrinkles. But this is me.’
So the blame game continues… Did real women fall out of love with curves first, then the fashion industry just follow suit? We want to hear your views…
By Amy Molloy


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