In the fashion industry, “Plus Size” refers to models who are size 8 and up, however, in the real world, you are not considered plus-size until you hit size 16 and above. This difference is due to cultural divergence on beauty standards and ideas of normal weight, as well as the prevalence of thinness in the modeling industry.

Nevertheless, there is no denying that the state of plus-size fashion has significantly improved over the last few years. Plus-size women are no longer forced to choose between ill-fitting sacks or embellished misfits. Plus-sized clothing is finally stylish and trending, thanks to some of the most talented and creative plus-size designers in the industry, as well as dedicated plus-size stores such as Chesca (

Today we will talk about three of the most popular and recognized plus size designers around the world. These three have committed their creativity, talent and time to curve out in the plus-size niche and bridge the gap that has existed for ages. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

  1. David Meister

Fashion designer David Meister is classified among some of the biggest and most respected figures in American fashion. He is known for his beautiful, sophisticated, body-conscious women’s wear and his fan base spills beyond fashion to art and entertainment industries. Meister’s designs grace the bodies of some of the most recognized women in Hollywood including Diane Lane, Sophia Bush, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Fergie, Amy Pohler, Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver, Sharon Stone and Jane Fonda – among many others.

Meister was born and raised in Ohio and earned his degree in fashion design from the The University of Cincinnati. After graduation, Meister secured a position at Danskin, a fitness and body wear company. It’s here that he perfected his art of fashion design and how to use fabrication to present the plus-size feminine body in a way that embodies glamor and flatters curves.

His first creation was an evening wear collection that also served as the genesis of the David Meister collection. He later followed this with Meister’s daytime dress collection in 2000, David Meister Signature in 2009 and David Meister Bridal line in 2010. Some of his most popular plus-size designs include Cap-sleeved stretch crepe day dress, Printed Cotton Sheath, Long Sleeve Jersey Gown with Cowl Back, and Short sleeve printed poppy crepe day dress.

  1. Jelena Fehmi

Jelena Fehmi, the founder of Dea London is a fashion designer with years of experience in her industry. She has worked in some of the most established UK’s fashion labels such as Marchesa, Biba, Frost French, Victoria Beckham, Aquascutum, and Kanye West. Her designs have appeared in celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger, HRH Kate Middleton and Claudia Schiffer.

Jelena’s talent lies in pattern cutting, tailoring, and sewing. Some of her plus-designs consist of business clothing for the office, special occasions wear and everyday wear, all available in sizes 16-26. Her approach to plus size fashion is rather radical; she focuses on correct balanced cutting lines that form an optical illusion to slim down the silhouette and bring out the beauty if a full-figured shape. Her label includes some of the famous dresses, jackets, skirts, tops and trousers in the market.

  1. Leona Edmiston

Leona Edmiston has over 30 years of experience with her effortless style, sophistication, and glamor gracing the catwalks, red carpets, workplace and landmarks of the world. Leona’s creativity is backed up by the strategic management of her husband Jeremy Ducker. Her designs includes a wide range of plus-size clothing and Lifestyle Accessories such as Sunglasses, Shoes, Jewellery, Handbags, and Pins

Her creations were awarded the InStyle Women of Style award in 2014, Walk of Style plaque in 2015 and she was inducted into the Business Woman’s hall of fame in 2016. Leona’s frock is versatile, sexy and ageless, designed to celebrate the confident urban woman. Generally, her designs exude effortless style, classic femininity, and chic sophistication. Her most coveted designs her received celebrity endorsement from Maria Sharapova, Heather Locklear, Rebel Wilson, Susan Sarandon, Elle Macpherson, Deborah Messing, Mary Heart, Rachel Hunter, and Tyra Banks, to name a few.