The invitation to Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring 2011 show reportedly said that the collection would "explore the contrast between XXS and XXL." True to his word, Gossip's Beth Ditto, who is, according to the Daily Mail, a UK size 28 (to convert to US sizing, the rule is generally to subtract two, which would mean Ditto's a US size 26), opened Gaultier's show this past weekend. Crystal Renn, a size 10, also walked.
This isn't the first time Gaultier has used plus-size models in his runway shows. A much fuller-figured Crystal Renn also walked in his Spring 2006 collection. Gaultier also featured Renn in his fall ad campaign.
And while there haven't been many other plus-sized models on the runway this season apart from Renn (who is really more of a supermodel than a "plus-size" model at this point), perhaps it's a good sign that many of the reviews of Gaultier's show made little mention of the size debate. Hilary Alexander's review for the Telegraph didn't address the fact that Gaultier featured curvier models at all. Nor did Cathy Horyn's. Suzy Menkes merely hinted at Ditto's size by describing her walk down the runway as "wobbling."