Body shaming

Bandage dress not for “voluptuous” or “lesbian” women, says one of its creators

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Patrick Couderc, the U.K. managing director of Herve Leger and one of the men behind the fashion line’s famous skin-tight bandage dress, insisted in an interview with The Daily Mail on Sunday that this look really isn’t for everyone. On his rather extensive list of women he’d advise not to buy his signature dress: “voluptuous” women, women with “very prominent hips and a very flat chest” and older women who insisted on “displaying everything like you’re 23.” And as Couderc apparently felt he had not alienated a large enough group of women with his body-shaming comments, he also added in some casual homophobia: “If you’re a committed lesbian and you are wearing trousers all your life, you won’t want to buy a Leger dress. Lesbians would want to be rather butch and leisurely.” Later on Sunday, The Herve Leger by Max Azria brand​ issued a statement saying it was “shocked and appalled” by Couderc’s comments and would “investigate and establish appropriate next steps.”

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.

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