Curves only seem like they’re in on certain occasions, like when magazines find something great to do with model of the moment Crystal Renn, or Miuccia Prada decides to hire some professional models with full bosoms to walk her runway show. According to Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, most designers seem content to continue making sample dresses in prohibitively small sizes without going out of their way to dress her famous figure.
“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress,” Hendricks, 35, told the Scottish newspaper. “They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”
Hendricks, who wore Zac Posen to the Emmys, reportedly measures 39D-30-39, which would require designers to custom-make a dress for her. She’s a size 14, but as The New York Times Magazine noted recently, one woman’s size 14 is not the same as another woman’s size 14. Hendricks’s size 14 may be top-heavy while another woman’s size 14 might be bigger in the middle. A designer would probably want a guarantee that Hendricks would wear the dress before going through the trouble to custom-make it. So their resistance might not only be due to a fear of her curves. Hendricks’s dress looked okay at the Emmys, but next time, it would be nice to see her in a dress that didn’t look like, as Joan Rivers said of another Emmy dress, it was growing things.