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Beth Ditto's plus-size fashion journey

Beth Ditto's fashion range is her "brainchild", and she loves being hands-on with it.

Singer Beth Ditto jumped into creating plus-size fashion to prevent the movement from losing its roots.

The 35-year-old rocker rose to fame as part of band Gossip, who spawned hits Standing in the Way of Control and Perfect World. Since she announced the group's split in February (16) Beth has thrown herself into forging a solo career, including a clothing line.

"This is a baby! A brainchild," she told Nylon magazine of her fashion range. "I mean, I'm so involved that we are having trunk shows, which is pretty hands-on, old skool! I got to tour the factories, meet the pattern maker, talk through every detail... Plus-size clothing has come a long way as far as options," she gushed.

"I knew that someday it would happen where major companies would catch on. And while that day is both validating and equalizing by social standards, I didn't want to see this movement get out of the hands of the people who worked so hard against this beauty myth."

Beth drew upon her own unique sense of style as well as taking inspiration from musical icon David Bowie and influential model Peggy Moffitt when designing the garments, and the results are stand-out, flattering pieces. The singer has some favourites of her own as she shared how she would wear one piece in particular.

"I love the jumpsuit because it can be this sexy see-thru piece with a belted waist or it can literally look like a wet trash bag in the very best Debbie Harry, Poly Styrene, weirdo glory! Versatility is key," she recommended.

While she's deep into the world of fashion, that's not to say Beth has ditched music altogether. The curvaceous star revealed she was at the end of the writing process of her debut solo record during her interview, promising plenty of emotional tracks to come.

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