Gossip star singer Beth Ditto is about to release an eponymous plus-size clothing line. Ditto announced the launch of her collection with a special-edition T-shirt designed in collaboration with designer friend Jean Paul Gaultier.
The pair has been inseparable since Ditto walked the Gaultier runway in a custom gown, which was featured in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum.
"Jean Paul is the most generous, positive person," Ditto said about their collaboration, "he truly loves women of all sizes and ages and knows how to make everyone feel gorgeous. I love that this shirt is funny and chic at the same time, like all the best people!"
A trompe-l'oeil visual play, the dress-length, oversized tee features a front and back print of Gaultier's iconic bullet bra corset, with 3-D adjustable corset laces on the back. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation, for which Ditto serves as advisory board member.
"Big girls are beautiful and Beth is super beautiful!" Gaultier commented in a release, "Long live the beauty with shapes, boobs and bottoms. This is a new concept, a loose fit corset. And Beth fits it perfectly".
As for what to expect from Ditto's full collection, the singer says it will feature "current styling with a vintage flair", as well as "vibrant prints and well-tailored pieces, with silks, rayons and embroidery that are frequently missing from plus-size lines". Ditto adds: "This line is by us, for us, period. It's my lifelong dream to get to design real clothes for big people, clothes that are comfortable and cool!"
Ditto's full plus-size collection will be available in February.
The Beth Ditto Jean Paul Gaultier shirt, $165, available exclusively at BethDitto.com