The premiere of the Ghostbusters reboot is a couple of weeks away, and all of the leading ladies are starting to prepare. Comedian Leslie Jones plays one of the lead characters in the film, and she’s a cast member on Saturday Night Live; but finding a designer to dress her for the red carpet was harder than it should’ve been. “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for [the] movie,” Jones explained on Twitter. “Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
After Jones voiced her frustration, Christian Siriano stepped in and applied for the job with a few emojis. “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear,” Siriano told The Hollywood Reporter in an e-mail. “Hopefully I will see her in my studio this week to make something new and exciting. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”
On the other hand, there are stylists who argue that the problem has nothing to do with her size.”It’s pure economics,” celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang told The Hollywood Reporter. “When you’re a designer, sitting with your accountant, you have to think about how much it costs to create a sample. No one ever does a variety of sizes. No one has those resources, even the biggest designers don’t.”
Many people are calling Siriano a hero for stepping up to the plate, but the 30-year-old designer doesn’t feel like he made a grand gesture. In response to all the praise he wrote on Twitter, “It shouldn’t be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they’re not sample size. Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.”
This isn’t a new issue in the fashion industry. Jones’ co-star Melissa McCarthy has also opened up about having difficulties getting designers to dress her for big red carpets like the Oscars. It’s a common problem, but designers like Siriano are slowly bringing about change. Siriano has also teamed up with Lane Bryant in the past, showing his ability to design for more than one body type. It’s so refreshing to see designers diversifying their portfolios. Maybe this will spark more designers to start thinking beyond the sample-size standard in fashion.
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