In January, Tanya Taylor made “Saturday Night Live” star Aidy Bryant a size-18 dress for an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” at the request of Glamour. That process gave Taylor the opportunity to reflect on the fashion industry’s ongoing struggle with sizing. “Designers don’t want to take the effort to customize for bigger sizes,” she told Glamour at the time. “They don’t have their usual solution of lending a sample.” But now Taylor is taking steps to change that, at least as far as her own label is concerned: On Wednesday, the designer launched a five-piece capsule collection of extended sizes for Pre-Fall 2017.
“Collaborating with Aidy Bryant and Glamour magazine in January on a red carpet look opened my eyes to a market that is missing feminine, flattering and optimistic clothing,” said Taylor in a statement. “Aidy and I are the same age, share a similar joyful approach to life and love color and print yet we have access to different clothing, I personally wanted to change that. We are an inclusive brand defined by a point of view not a range of sizes, and we are thrilled to expand our collection going forward to invite more women to celebrate with us.”
Bryant herself took to Instagram to voice her encouragement of the new line. “THANK YOU @tanyataylor for standing up for inclusion in fashion,” she wrote. “I can only hope that other designers will follow your brilliant lead. And I hope you ladies will feel as special as I have wearing Tanya’s clothes. I’m so proud and appreciative for Tanya’s friendship and work!”
The capsule collection, which includes two tops, two dresses and a military jacket, runs in sizes 14-22 and is currently available on TanyaTaylor.com.
Click through the gallery below to see the full collection.
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