Which dressmaker has the best body form?
In a year that has seen a wave of body modification and body-hugging trends, we asked some of the UK’s most popular fashion house designers to weigh in on what makes a body good for fashion and how they can help you achieve it.
This year’s trend is for designers to have a full body of shape and size.
“Body shape is something that goes along with your body,” says Kate Sprenger, one of the designers behind the Queen dress, which was launched last month.
“It gives you a better sense of your shape, it gives you that sense of how much you can do, it helps you get out of your comfort zone and lets you be confident in yourself.”
A body shape that is defined by the shape of your hips, for example, is more likely to look good on a woman, who has a smaller back, or a man, who’s generally a bit larger than her, says Spregg.
The dress, by contrast, can be a little more risque for a man who might want to make himself feel smaller, she adds.
“It is a bit like a fashion statement, you know, to say you’re proud of your body, but it also is about showing that you are confident and that you can perform in your own way,” she says.
Spregg says the dress has helped her develop confidence in her body, even when it is “overly small”, and has helped the dressmakers at the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the New York Design Museum to create new bodies that are more “natural”.
“They can actually feel the difference of the different shapes,” she explains.
“When you get a body shape, you can have that sense that you’ve had the right shape for a while, and that can make you feel comfortable in your body.”
In the UK, this means a wider range of shapes, with “full and round”, “regular”, and “narrow” bodies, according to the Royal College of Fashion.
“You can go from a normal-shaped person to a really narrow person, so the body you have can really suit your shape,” says Spresig.
For example, a fuller body will look better on a skinny person, but will not look so good on someone with a round or narrow body.
And a fuller person will have a lower back that’s more shaped for stability, which is also a good thing for a woman who wants to look more like a tall, muscular man.
“Women can wear a wider body because that is a better fit for their body shape,” Spreig says.
“And a woman can have a fuller shape because that’s a better shape for their back.”
It’s a trend that is becoming more popular with younger women, but one that is also being popular with older women.
“For older women, a body that is fuller is a way to express their curves and their curves are not always about their curves,” says Anna, who works in the fashion industry in London.
“That’s a good point for us.
We think we can be more inclusive to younger women by looking at their body shapes.””
A woman who is a good-looking person will always look good.
We need to be able to help them make their own decisions about their bodies,” says Annalie, another of the body-fitting fashion house founders.
“We have to be a part of it, not just a part, so we can make the clothes that they want.”
The designers behind Queen dress and Queen dressmaker, who were asked to create a new body for their work, say their approach is not to replace the body, just to give the appearance of it.
“Our focus is to help women to express themselves in a way that is natural and appropriate for their bodies and to allow them to create beautiful clothes that look good in the most natural way,” says the group’s founder, Anna, in a statement.
For Kate Sprugg, this is a natural extension of her work.
“The way to go is to let women express themselves, and have that expression of themselves in clothes that are the perfect size for them,” she adds, saying she has been surprised by how much people have asked her for help with body shape.
“There are so many things you can be doing to shape your body.
So many things,” she tells Al Jazeera.
“But for some reason, I’ve always had to go to my body and just do it and make sure it’s the right size.”
Sprugg says she doesn’t think her body shape is a problem for fashion, but she thinks it is a factor that needs to be taken into account.
“I don’t know why people would feel the need to make their bodies bigger and more beautiful,” she said.
“There are a lot of women out there who want to have this sort