Project Runway Winner Ashley Nell Tipton Wants to Break the Rules of Plus-Size …

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‘Project Runway’ winner shatters the fashion industry’s status quo.

On Sept. 11, six Project Runway finalists showed collections at Skylight at Moynihan Station for the reality series’ annual New York Fashion Week show. Not only was she the first plus-size designer to make it to the finale, but she was also the first to put an entirely plus-size collection down the catwalk. “I can’t believe it,” the 24-year-old San Diego, Calif. native tells E! CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com Atlanta fashion designer finished in third place on Lifetime’s of “Project Runway” Thursday night, the best finish for a local person in the show’s 14-season history. News’ Sibley Scoles of her big win. “I definitely feel like everything has been happening in the right time at the right moment and I couldn’t have asked for it any differently.” Tipton is excited to be a part of a movement that’s bringing plus size fashion an increasing visibility. “I definitely feel like I’m representing for the plus size industry,” she says, adding. “It’s just an amazing feeling to know that I’m representing for every plus size woman out there.” While it’s harder to design for women with varying body types, Tipton says she wants to break the existing boundaries that have guided plus size fashion for so long. “I definitely want to go against the grain,” she says, “break those rules and create clothing that is fun for women and shows their personality and just enjoy wearing it and being fashion forward.” Press play on the video above to find out what strides Tipton thinks the fashion industry in general is making in regards to including plus size women, and how she feels about actresses like Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson designing their own plus size lines.

If you don’t want to know which of the final four hopefuls is following in the footsteps of Christian Siriano, Dmitry Sholokhov and the 11 other previous title-holders, look away! He told a crowd of fans, friends and family at Aloft Atlanta downtown that he had no regrets, that he was happy with how things played out despite not winning. Tipton was the first Project Runway contestant to show a completely plus-size collection at fashion week; now she’s the first winner to specialize in full-figure fashion.

Don’t freak out.” And then I had to wait until Heidi came up to me and said, “Ashley, you’re the winner.” I was just like, “Are you guys kidding me right now? Congratulations are in order for Ashley Nell Tipton, the plus-size designer who beat out Candice Cuoco, Kelly Dempsey and Edmond Newton with a revolutionary collection never before seen on the show. I won because this 10 year journey all along the way, I met some amazing people.” Newton, a former hair stylist, tried out for the show every year since it began in 2004. Myself. … I did say in my first interview that I thought Duncan was my biggest competition and after he left [in the first challenge], it just gave me perspective on how this show goes: Anybody could go home. They definitely believed in me and they wanted me to continue believing in myself,” she said. “They saw my vision; they saw how much better I can be without me even seeing it.

Her garments were full of bright colors and patterns. “My mission is to represent for full-figured women and to enable them to have options to express their style and individuality through fashion as women who wear ‘standard’ sizes,” Tipton states on her website. “I feel happier than I have ever felt in my life — not just to have won Project Runway, but more so that the world will get to see my voice and my heart through my designs,” Tipton tells Mashable. “I can wait to shine a light in the fashion world for plus-sized women everywhere.” Kelly received strong accolades from the judges, who lauded her strong point of view – even the fanny pack. “Your brand is fun, a little flash, a little trashy,” said Zac Posen of Kelly’s collection. “This was a great show.” “It’s clear to me you have respect for women,” Garcia said. “You have a way to make clothes very sexy in a refined way… When you get carried away is when it gets crazy. That’s not your essence.” “When it’s paired down and clean, it’s stronger,” Posen said. “When you go into the fantasy place, it becomes contrived and less sophisticated. It doesn’t take me to that major red carpet moment.” He said he is talking with Hallmark about a project after winning the unconventional challenge using Hallmark products. Speaking of judges and your collection, your floral headpieces were probably the most controversial part of your collection when you presented the three-look preview.

Especially because we were creating a collection for spring/summer 2016, I wanted this collection to reflect who I am as a person, my personal style, and what it is I’m trying to send as my message to the world. It made me such a stronger and better person, and I’m walking out of it with so much more confidence — knowing that I am a strong and very talented designer.

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