Beth Ditto Wants Plus-Size Women to Have Investment Pieces
"We are worth quality and we don't have to buy into this Forever 21 plus-size idea," says Ditto.
Beth Ditto's thinking big these days. Not that the Gossip frontwoman, beloved for her signature style and dramatic approach to makeup, doesn't usually operate on a somewhat grand scale. But as of late, her energies have been channeled into a plus-size clothing line, which she discusses in the latest issue of Lenny Letter, out Friday.
Chatting with writer Laia Garcia, Ditto discusses everything from growing up impoverished to a pending solo album, and the impetus for her namesake line which recently bowed online and in U.K. retailer Selfridges. Ultimately, it comes down to offering plus-size women more choice in their wardrobes, she says.
Manufactured in Manhattan's Garment District with the help of Ditto's friends, the 21-piece line (which ranges from sizes 14 to 28) is as much about style as it is about quality and ethical fashion for plus-size women. "It's time to make our own mark in fashion," says Ditto, who walked Marc Jacobs' show last September.
"We don't have the privilege of walking into any store, just seeing something in the window and trying it on and buying it," explains the singer-songwriter, who also admits to being a fan of the likes of Forever 21 and Old Navy. "We don't have the privilege to be able to look at clothes and think about Where is this made? and Is this made ethically? We don't have that option. It just does not exist for us. I really want to get to the point where, whether it's me or someone else, there is the option of quality."
And though the quality comes with a price tag (pieces range from $65 to $395), Ditto tells Garcia it's justified. "None of it is shit fabric. None of it. With the shit fabrics comes the idea that fat women are meant to change, that someday they will find this 'thin person,' thought of as the real person. The truth is that we are who we are and the way we are is amazing and completely valid."