Ashley Nell Tipton is making big waves in the Plus Size Fashion Industry but she certainly isn’t new to all things fashion. When she was just seven years old, Ashley learned to sew by designing clothes for her Barbie dolls on her grandmother’s sewing machine. Little did she know where this passion would take her in life. Fast forward to the popular show Project Runway, sixteen years later.
The scene was set. Project Runway was entering its 14th season and the most underserved fashion market in the world still hadn’t been represented fully on the program. Enter Ashley Nell Tipton. Notonly did she show off her beautiful designs on the show and push plus size fashion to the front of the agenda, she went on to win the series and be crowned Project Runway Champion.
This has led to her own clothing line – Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+ designed in conjunction with JCPenney and a platform to use her voice to speak out on the issues that matter to her, and a huge part of the population. Her customers are mainly women in their twenties and thirties that want to look and feel great in what they wear. Ashley has found the right pitch and the feedback from her customers is that they absolutely love the clothes she designs. To produce for a reality TV series is one thing. To design clothes for the woman on the street is quite another.
As the first plus size designer to win Project Runway, Ashley has done a lot for the perception of plus size fashion and has really brought the attention of the mainstream media on plus size fashion. Ashley has delivered something that the existing fashion providers have overlooked when producing clothes for plus size women – bright colors and bold patterns. She sees her clients as fashionistas and people that want to show off their style.
Ashley has learned a lot from Project Runway and she had developed the fit of her clothes to ensure that it looks great. Add to that the bold colors and patterns and you have a collection that everyone wants to wear. It’s a long way from her grandmother’s sewing machine.