North Carolina designer creates tasteful plus-sized fashion

on Monday,December 13,2010 21:12


Many people aspire to become fashion designers, but few realize the positive impact they can have on the industry with their out-of-the-box ideas. Niesha McFarland is one example of an individual who is making notable strides for curvy women across the country.

The Gastonia, North Carolina native created her at-home business to develop desirable clothing for plus-sized women, according to the Gaston Gazette. Her designs, which range from evening wear to casual ensembles, were created to give curvy women more options than what they find at retail stores.

"We're always short-changed," McFarland told the news source. "Some of the prints I see out there for plus-size women are horrible. And sometimes they buy it because that's all that's out there and they need clothes."

McFarland studied fashion at the Art Institute of Charlotte after moving to North Carolina more than 10 years ago. She told the news source that Mo'Nique, Wendy Williams and Patti LaBelle have been some of her most recent fashion idols, as seen through her work.

Employment in fashion design is only predicted to grow by 1 percent over the next eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, wholesale retailers are expected to see an increase in revenue, which may be an area of interest for aspiring designers.
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