Not for lesbians. A Hervé Leger creation (Facebook)
Mind-boggling! A top fashion industry figure has stated that lesbian women shouldn’t wear his label’s body-revealing designer dresses because they are too butch.
Patrick Couderc, who heads up the French fashion house Hervé Leger in the UK, made the astonishing remark in a potentially career-ending interview with the Daily Mail.
Speaking about the label’s iconic skin tight “bandage dress” that’s regularly won by actresses and reality TV stars, Couderc matter-of-factly stated that many women shouldn’t consider the design.
These include “voluptuous” and older women as well as those with “very prominent hips and a very flat chest.”
He went on to say: “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 has been condemned for the comments, with tennis legend Martina Navratilova tweeting: “What a total and utter idiot.”
American comedian and actress Margaret Cho called for a boycott of the brand, adding: “Fuck fashion and ‘designers’ that body shame @HerveLeger #wecanwearwhateverthefuckwewant #boycottherveleger.”
Hervé Leger was founded in 1985 by the designer Hervé Peugnet. According to Wikipedia he pioneered “so-called ‘body-con’ (body-conscious) garments made using materials traditionally associated with foundation garments to create bandage dresses that would mold and shape the wearer’s figure with its signature bandage-like strips.”
Leger dresses sell for between R15,000 and R37,000 a pop.