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Designer Behind Bandage Dress: It's Not For 'Voluptuous' Women 'With Prominent Hips'

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Love it or hate it, the bandage dress is a familiar staple on red carpets, runways, and in the House of Kardashian. But one of the designers behind the body-con dress, Herve Leger’s UK director Patrick Couderc, is tired of certain kinds of women wearing the dress.

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In an interview with the Daily Mail (so take the source for what it’s worth), Couderc advised “voluptuous” women and women with “very prominent hips and a very flat chest” to avoid the bandage look. He continued to lament that the bandage style had become popular with reality show stars, adding that he “refuses to give free dresses to celebrities if they are judged to lack sufficient class.”

He could have stopped there, drawing haute couture’s familiar lines at body shaming and class disdain, but Couderc continued to dig a hole: “If you’re a committed lesbian and you are wearing trousers all your life, you won’t want to buy a Leger dress. Lesbians would want to be rather butch and leisurely,” Couderc said. He also added that older women should avoid the design.

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Update: BCBGMAXAZRIA Group, owners of Herve Lerger, notes that Couderc is not an authorized spokesperson for the brand. He is an employee of MJH Fashion, the British distributor of the brand. In a statement, BCBGMAXAZRIA Group said that were “shocked and appalled by Patrick Couderc’s comments made in the Mail on Sunday.”

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I heartily endorse big-hipped women wearing bodycon dresses, in that the last time I wore a bodycon dress, literally every comment from my friends was ‘OMG YOUR CURVES’. Aw yeah. Also, I heartily endorse everyone wearing whatever the fuck they want at all times (unless you are wearing a pelt made from the skins of orphaned kittens, in which case, maybe dial it back?)