MILAN, Italy, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The leader of an Italian fair for plus-size fashion producers cried foul after Milan's fashion week organizers did not find display space for its designs.
Francesco Casile, the organizer of Plusize, a trade fair for producers of clothes for fuller figured people that overlaps Milan women's fashion week, said his organization submitted paperwork on time but was rejected, ANSA said Tuesday.
The Italian National Fashion Chamber, which organizes Milan Fashion Week, said the request to participate was rejected because it was presented too late for the January show.
Casile said the rejection contradicts the industry's claims to be committed to fighting the concept that that ultra-thin is beautiful. The industry recently launched an anti-anorexia code of conduct that banned extremely thin models from the catwalk.
"We would have liked to have been present on the first day of Milan Fashion Week with some of the brands that are on show at our fair. It would have given out an important signal," Casile said.
"You cannot say we preclude anyone, because we were the first to play host to plus-size clothes," said Fashion Chamber Chief Mario Boselli.