Former fashion model Sophie Dahl, who has a long Hollywood pedigree, is the latest celebrity to criticize fashion designers for insisting on using “size-zero” girls to wear their clothes on the runways and in editorial shoots.
Dahl, 34, blamed the fashion industry because the “sample” clothes they make will only fit thin models. She called the designer dresses “children’s clothes.”
Dahl, who has a child and now works as an author, raised the issue at a London literary festival. She is promoting a new cook book titled “From Season to Season.”
“The small sample thing is ridiculous. They are too small. They are like children’s clothes,” she said, according to London’s Daily Mail.
Model weight has been an issue for years in the fashion industry. Two years ago, Victoria Beckham also hit out at the use of underweight models.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is leading the drive to convince the industry to be more responsible when dealing with young, vulnerable models.
Groups are calling on the industry to raise sample dresses to a size “four.”
“The CFDA has reached out to designers, stylists and casting directors not to work with underage models, girls that are too thin and to be more ethnically aware. And I think designers are listening,” Beckham said at the time.
Yet the problem persists. The editors 19 Vogue magazine editions around the globe, including Anna Wintour, editor of the flagship U.S. edition, recently called for an end to the use of underweight models.
Dahl, who is six fee tall and has worked as a plus-size model, is married to musician Jamie Cullum. She’s the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her grandparents were author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal.