The Syracuse University Fashion Design Program presented Fashion Without Limits to promote designs over a size 12.

Model and entrepreneur Emme launched the design initiative to promote the creation of design in sizes beyond a 12. Emme partnered with her alma mater Syracuse and Wolf Form Company on the initiative, which was a direct response to the need for designs in larger sizes.

Emme said she was inspired to launch the initiative when she struggled to find clothing for herself. She said she realized that most designers had no training or experience with large sizes. The light bulb went off and she approached Syracuse with the plan to begin educating up-and-coming designers on creating fashion without size limits.

The presentation featured the top nine six-piece collections of the University’s senior fashion students. This is the third year that the school has included the Fashion Without Limits program into the curriculum.

Emme said that the Wolf Forms Company donated $50,000 worth of large size forms to the school. The size 16 form is a actual scan of Emme’s body. She also pointed out that the program has received a fabric sponsor Stigmare, which helps the students that aren’t able to purchase high-end fabrics on their own. Stigmare provided beautiful fabrics that are made from recycled materials.

The looks ranged from highly sculptured dresses to body conscious looks. The styles were flirty, sexy and flattering. Designers made it clear that large sizes don’t have to give up on fashion.

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