It's About Time! Plus-Size Show a Fashion Week First

Cabiria catwalk show features designer styles for women sized 12 to 24.

A plus-size designer showed her styles at New York Fashion Week this morning, and, yes, that was a collective sigh of relief you heard from non-waifs everywhere.

But before you strip off your Spanx for good, you should probably note that Eden Miller’s Cabiria line, part of the Fashion Law Institute's spring showcase, was one of a kind.

Never mind that the average American woman wears a size 14. reports this collection is a Fashion Week first.

“I’m not going to walk in with garbage and just say, ‘Well, I’m this plus-sized designer, you better be glad I’m here,’” Miller, 41, a costume designer, tells the news site of her line featuring bold colors and prints. “I feel that my designs are strong. I like what I’m putting together. I have confidence in my eye. I also hope that it’s received in a similar fashion by those who attend and in the press.”

Cabiria (the name comes from Nights of Cabiria, a Fellini film) sizes run from 12 to 24, and Miller, a size 18-20 herself, calls being chosen to show it in front of the world’s fashion press an honor.

And while almost every model strutting down a catwalk in New York over the next few days will top out at a puny size 2, Cabiria’s inclusion sends a message to retailers, NPD Group fashion industry analyst Marshal Cohen tells the news site.

“This a really good time for designers to take advantage, because the market is absolutely starved,” he tells, noting that plus-size clothing accounts for just 14 percent of the market.

Maybe there’ll be room for Miller’s designs.

“I remember looking at her line when she came to the clinic and thinking, ‘Wow, I wish she cut clothes in my size,’ because I wear more common sizes,” Fashion Law Institute founder Susan Scafidi tells “And immediately, I got it. I suddenly understood, looking at this line of plus-clothing, what so many curvier women feel when they look at the traditional, very narrow range of designer sizes.”

And, as long as the Cabiria presentation wasn’t “a total disaster,” Cohen says, plus-size models will be stomping down the runway soon.

“One thing about fashion, they’re not ashamed to follow success,” he tells the news site. “If somebody else did it well, they’ll come right back and do it themselves in their interpretation, in their way of selling plus-size.”

Spanx? Consider yourself on notice.

Lesley Kennedy writes for Follow ShopAtHome on Twitter @shopathome and Lesley on Google+.

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