Designers still aren't diversifying the models they send down the runway.
Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence, both curvy women, debuted at New York Fashion Week this year, but they were anomalies. Gunn notes the "unattainable" figure of most runway models that are still the norm.
"First it was women so thin that they surely had eating disorders," he wrote. "After an outcry, the industry responded by putting young teens on the runway, girls who had yet to exit puberty. More outrage."
Fashion schools don't usually teach designers how to make plus-size clothing.
There is a "ridiculous lack of education for designers to design, cut, and drape for anyone over a size 4-6," McQuaile said, as universities aren't giving the next generation of designers "the technical skills needed to make clothes for ALL women."
As of this year, students at the world-renowned Parsons School of Design still had to petition the school to get more plus-size mannequins in its classes.
"We all know real change starts with education," she said.
Change is starting to happen, but these changes are offensive.
On the most recent season of "Project Runway," Ashley Nell Tipton won with the show’s first plus-size collection, but Gunn noted that the collection "reeked of tokenism," with pieces that insult, rather than empower, the women who wear them.
"I've never seen such hideous clothes in my life," Gunn wrote. Patronizing plus-size women with clothes that NO woman would want to wear is not inclusivity; it's condescension. If we want to see the industry change for the better, designers have to start taking that change seriously.