Dear Lisa Gorman, please make clothes larger than size 14
Skoszek’s signature abstract prints dance across Gorman’s line-up of frocks, tops, pants, jackets and coats in a riotous celebration of colour and shape. Based around five original artworks painted by Miranda, the designs are anashamedly Australian, with “snakes entangled and spliced against bluebells and proteas in our mad snake print.”
“The garden of Eden story will transport you to a colourful geometric botanical wonderland and further developed in the ritual print, enlarged cut and paste style graphics are joined by more Australian natives on navy and a punchy aqua blue.” says Gorman.
It’s all really rather special, and I applaud Gorman’s clever thinking behind working with Australian talent like Miranda Skoczek, whose look and style is pitch-perfect for Gorman’s design-conscious market.
I’m tempted to run out and snatch up the whole lot.
My only gripe?
Gorman’s clothes only go up to a size 14. The average Australian woman is a size 16. This may not be healthy, but it’s the sad truth. If you’re blessed/cursed with a big bosom like me, Gorman’s tops and dresses won’t fit. I can just get into them, but the fabric pulls tightly across my boobs. I know Gorman’s trademark loose tunics and frocks look best worn by lithe, lean and long bodies, but hey, fat ladies like prints too!
I can’t tell you the number of rather cool ladies I’ve talked to lately who lament the fact they can’t wear Gorman. Tall skinny ladies even have a problem with the frock hem lengths, which end up around mid-thigh.
Take this beautiful Snakes Alive cord dress, for example. This cut and shape is right up my alley – but look at the hemline! When you’re in your ‘40s, it’s not cool to wear your frock up around your arse. And let’s not even talk about trying to get into a pair of Gorman pants. Yikes. I guess that’s why I’ve been sticking to their shoes (always brilliant designs), accessories and homewares.
Are you there Lisa Gorman? It’s me, Birdy.
Please can you make clothes for fatties and big-bosomed babes, too? I wasn’t always a fattie. But then I had a baby and my boobs haven’t gone back down. (Actually, they’ve gone south, but they just take up a whole lot more room.) I have a pot belly. And as a size 16 design-conscious lady, I’m sad because I can’t wear your awesome clothes. Till then, I’ll indulge in your excellent mod booties.
Your fan girl forever,
(Not so wee) Birdy xxx
p.s. Lisa (Tilse) just asked if you could also make shoes in a size 42. K thx bai!
All photography courtesy of Gorman.