This interview was originally posted on abc.net.au

Leina on Curved Runway for Triple J Hack

Leina Broughton sat down with Dave Marchese on Triple J’s Hack.

With the return of the biggest fashion event of the year, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, it’s time to reignite the flame surrounding sizing on the runway. Broughton and Marchese touched on a number of topics surrounding these issues, focussing largely on the lack of representation on the runway and the introduction of a Curve Edit in Sydney.

You can listen to the full interview here from 24.00 or read below for a summary of the conversation between Broughton and Marchese. 

“Australian fashion week has been operating for 26 years now and we’ve only ever seen one size and shape represented on the runway,” Broughton said.

Broughton continues to explain the total lack of representation of the average Australian woman when time and time again we are only seeing models in sizes 6 to 8 with the occasional size 10. It is such a small representation of what the population really is. “As a whole it’s (Australian Fashion Week) really stuck at an age where one size and shape is being showcased,” Broughton said. With 75% of women in Australia being over a size 12 it’s about time the industry catches up.

This may be sooner than we think with the introduction of a Curve Edit Runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week in Sydney. “It will be the first time we see women of all different shapes and sizes being represented on the runway,” Broughton said.

Marchese mentioned to Broughton that not everyone was happy about this introduction as it makes the problem worse by publicly separating sizing into two distinct groups. “At some point if we’re going to want to see change, there has to be something like a curve runway, where we can say ‘hey - this is what it looks like’ and we can start trickling it down across all runway shows,” Broughton responded. 

The introduction of a curve runway is the statement we have to make to get the ball rolling. “To go to the extremes of showing a full curve runway means that we’re still not getting anywhere to see the changes that should be happening at fashion weeks,” Broughton said in response to whether or not this runway will lead to change. “We need to see more action across the board, across the whole industry. It's not just the brands, but also the modelling agencies, where we’re constantly trying to look for models of different sizes but they’re not represented at the modelling level,” Broughton continued. 

“While I think it would be really easy for us to point the finger and say hey, ‘high-end brands need to take full responsibility for this,’ it's really the whole industry that needs to get onboard” Broughton claimed. 

The introduction of a curve runway is a huge achievement for Australian women, but we still have a long way to go before all women are recognised equally within the industry. 

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