One of our all time favorite lifestyle magazines, Darling, recently interviewed designer Gita Omri about her inclusive sizing fashion lines. Here is a sneak peek into the inspiring fashion feature, and if you wish to dive into the full story, please visit Darling.
Darling: What’s one message you have for women who struggle with body positivity and finding their place in fashion?
Gita Omri: First, no one feels body positive 100 percent of the time, so if you don’t feel it today, that’s cool. And when it comes to fashion, I think the most important message is: Don’t feel pressured to fit into a certain trend or style. Use clothing as a tool to bring out your true self.
Darling: What made you want to go into the fashion industry?
Gita Omri: If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that I was always interested in clothes, but I don’t remember that. I grew up as a painter. I’ve painted since I was very young, but I didn’t think I wanted to go down that path as a career move. I enjoyed it as a hobby and didn’t want to ruin it by making it work. I thought I’d explore other things.
I was in the Israeli Air Force for two years. My second year, when I was starting to train my replacement, my evenings opened up, so I decided to take some classes. At first I thought I would be interested in event planning, so I signed up for a course in a creative college [Concept Academy] in Tel Aviv.
The woman who sold me her course was really good at her job and convinced me to also do a styling course. I ended up loving the styling course and hating the event planning. It gave me a creative outlook, but it was also challenging for me. It’s interesting because [fashion] is art that has to be functional. In that way, it’s challenging.
When you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, you will be more likely to let your true self be seen and I think that’s important — to not try to be the fashion, but to let the fashion be yourself.
"Whatever I’m developing, I develop simultaneously in a size six and a size 20, that way I can make sure the lines are the same and the fit is similar." -Gita Omri