Success goes to those who show up. Eden Miller, the designer behind Cabiria Fashions, is living this truth.
Cabiria Style surfaced in public consciousness with a Kickstarter aimed at getting Miller’s plus size pieces into stores. A year later, Miller will be displaying her designs in a Mercedes Benz designer showcase. The inclusion is recieving serious buzz:Â high profile blogs like Fashionista, Refinery29 andÂ the Daily Mail newspaper have already run stories.
Plus size designers are traditionally excluded from official fashion week events worldwide. Plus size designers and brands have taken some unique approaches to get around this block. RedCats brands had OneStopPlus run a plus size fashion show across the street from the tents in 2010. Full Figured Fashion Week, also held in New York, is now a staple event in the plus size fashion industry. Earlier this year, London saw its first plus size fashion weekend, coinciding with London fashion week.
While each of these events pulls ever-more-precious public attention, none have achieved the shared goal of official recognition by the mainstream fashion industry.
Miller achieved thisâ€“ by showing up. She attended a pop up workshop by the Fashion Law Institute, an organization that educates prospective attorneys and fashion designers on the ins and outs of fashion industry law. The instructor liked Miller’s designs and invited her to participate in their upcoming fashion week showcase. â€œShe was really excited to include me, not knowing I was the first plus size designer [to show in an official Fashion Week event.]â€
Miller is conscious of her impact on plus size fashion. â€œNo matter what I do, Iâ€™m in the public eye,â€ she says. â€œPeople [designers] have followings because something resonates with [their audience],â€ she says, stating that itâ€™s not possible for one designer to encompass every aesthetic of every individual that might wear plus size fashion. â€œIâ€™m not the only plus size designer at this level [of design quality],â€ she comments in reference to the public attention she is receiving.
Right now her chief concern is Cabiria’s aesthetic. For her, the showcase is an opportunity to display her design skills to her fashion industry contemporaries.Â Of the pieces in the show, she says, â€œI want to keep it accessible. There is some intentional pattern mixing â€“ itâ€™s not necessarily about what a person might wear on the street unless they are very fashion forward.â€Â Â Designs aimed wholly at the end consumer will come later.
â€œWhat I am trying to do is speak to the larger fashion community in the world. When you open a magazine you want to be wowed by it. Youâ€™re not necessarily saying â€˜I could wear that to go to my work,â€™ or “â€™that feels homey and comfortable to me. There is a certain wow factor involved. I am trying to speak in the language of the wardrobe fashion world right now so they understand that plus fashion is simply fashion on a larger body,â€ Miller says.
Set up your computer screens and Ipads â€“ the Fashion Law Institute show happens on Friday, September 6 at 9 am EST. Weâ€™ll be watching and cheering for you, Eden!