After plus-size models walked the Versace runway for the first time during the Spring/Summer 2021 shows last year, the Italian brand has hired plus-size model Precious Lee for a recent campaign. Chanel too had its first plus-size model in over a decade when Jill Kortleve walked the Paris runway in March 2020, while Kortleve and Paloma Elsesser became the first plus-size models to walk for Fendi last February. But increased representation in advertising campaigns and on catwalks hasn’t corresponded to extended sizing in stores.
That may be starting to change as Italian luxury brands are among those finally embracing plus size. Donatella Versace says she is considering extending sizes at Versace, in an exclusive Vogue Business interview. “I can only speak for Versace of course, and I can say that you will [see more size inclusion],” Donatella Versace said via email, without sharing specifics on a timeline or what additional sizes may be produced for retail. “My hope is that we are becoming more open to inclusion and that we will get better at it.” Dolce & Gabbana, which became the first luxury heritage house to offer ready-to-wear pieces above a size US 16 when it went up to US 18 in 2019, says the response has been positive.