What to do when there’s one new style that comes in last at the end of the season, when there’s no Plus Size Model around? It’s called the Pendrell Tunic and it’s last to come in, partly because of the extra time it took to embroider the scarf panel. It’s a charming image familiar to those living on the West Coast, that of the Pacific Blue Heron. I decided that I needed to put it on and be the plus size model, myself.
I remember several years back, one of my California retailers said to me, “…you should be the model!”. I knew she was serious. I am my own target market; A middle-aged female, plus size, with a career and a grown son. I’m 51, size 1x and 5’2″. Many of my customers fit a similar profile. So, I decided to doll up and get in front of the camera.
We chose several rich shades of teal blue, highlighted with silver and salmon for the embroidery thread. Thank you to my charming and talented assistant, Tatyana, for her beautiful artwork. It was inspired by the lovely deco images on the Marine building in downtown Vancouver. For more info on our embroidery and inspiration, please check out our blog post, Embroidery Threads.
I love the new Pacific Pant I’m wearing with the Pendrell Tunic, too. Admittedly, I needed some very high heels to make the length and proportion work. A classically tall, Plus Size Model I am not! Perhaps there needs to be a new category; Petite Plus Size Model.
Still, I love the outfit; I’m fond of wearing one colour from top to bottom, it gives a very long ‘lean’ look. Also, I can’t help but mention how comfortable this outfit is, It’s like wearing the softest PJ’s all day.
It never hurts to climb out of your comfort zone, and I’m speaking of modelling. I know it’s ideal for you, as the customer, to be able to see what an article of clothing on someone of a similar size and proportion. So perhaps you’ll see more of Diane Kennedy, the Plus Size Model, in the future.