UK Stylist Quits Over 'Average Size' Runway Models

Designer Mark Fast responds to complaints about starving catwalkers
By M Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2009 8:22 AM CDT
Hayley Morley (left) is one of the "average size" models designer Mark Fast used in his show yesterday.   (Getty Images)
camera-icon View 4 more images

(Newser) – A London stylist quit in a snit after a fashion designer chose three "average size" models for his runway show, reports the Guardian. Mark Fast, known for his body-hugging mini-dresses, used three models sizes 8 and 10 to show off his collection yesterday. The move followed a warning by the director of a psychiatric eating disorders association about the use of super-thin models.

"We are very concerned about the lack of medical checks for models at London fashion week, coupled with an environment where being underweight is the norm," said Ulrike Schmidt. Fast found a fill-in stylist at the last minute who helped orchestrate his show.