IGIGI, a designer of plus size clothing, is synonymous with fashion-forward plus size dresses, plus size career wear, plus size bridal gowns, and plus size separates.
Founded by designer Yuliya Raquel in 2000, IGIGI's mission is to transform the world's view of beauty. IGIGI creates smart, stylish, and sophisticated plus size collections for fashion-loving women in sizes 12-32. Its designs accentuate and celebrate the beauty of the curvaceous female figure. IGIGI provides clothing with the highest quality fabrics and workmanship with and all of the apparel manufactured in San Francisco, California. IGIGI plus size apparel and plus size accessories can be found online at www.igigi.com, as well as at specialty boutiques and stores worldwide.
Yuliya Raquel It is said children are like sponges, absorbing everything around them. For Yuliya Raquel, the artistic environment in which she was raised served as the perfect backdrop for her creative talents. The Ukrainian-born designer recalls being fascinated by her mother’s fashion magazines when she was three years old.
Transfixed by the notion of creating fashions, the young Yuliya learned how to sew at age five. By age seven she had mastered the sewing machine, crafting her first masterpiece—an apron. The local educational system supported her passion for design as it was commonplace for young students to learn skills such as drafting simple patterns. As a teenager, Yuliya used her accomplished skills to create original designs for family and friends.
Things changed dramatically when Yuliya’s family moved to San Francisco. Notions of becoming a professional fashion designer seemed unrealistic, so she put her passion on the backburner. She decided to go into the more stable profession of medicine majoring in pre-med in college and interning with a podiatrist. However, even then, Yuliya continued to design and make clothing. She sketched constantly never quite letting go of her life-long zeal for fashion design.
An “ah ha” moment occurred when she was hospitalized with an acute asthma attack. Looking around her, she realized that she really didn’t want a career in medicine. She quickly changed directions and started designing couture clothing for private clients. This proved to be a great training ground for the self-taught designer.
Among Yuliya’s clients were plus-size women who craved sensual and feminine clothing just as thinner women do. The lack of fashionable choices in larger sizes became even more apparent when she and her plus-size mother were shopping at full-figured women’s stores. Yuliya was shocked at the lack of stylish options available for her mother—it was then that she recognized a personal and professional calling.
“When designing, I always imagine how a woman will feel in the garment,” comments Yuliya, “I try to determine if the clothes will make her more excited about where she is going. Will she feel more feminine, sensual and seductive?” she continues. “Many customers write to say my clothes make them feel virtually invincible, like a goddess. That’s what makes it all worthwhile to me.”
Q&A With Yuliya Raquel
How did IGIGI come about?
Fashion design has been my passion since I was five years old. In 1997, I had the pleasure to design professionally for private couture clients, which enabled me to gain valuable experience in the fashion industry. Somewhere during my journey, I realized a drastic void in the market.
The awakening moment for IGIGI came when I went shopping with my mother – a very beautiful, amazing, and voluptuous woman. We were extremely disappointed at the lack of stylish, form-fitting, feel good clothes available for women with curves. Questions began to fill my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Why were these beautiful women being subjected to wearing tent-like clothes? Why weren’t there more clothes or more stores offering stylish apparel? What were they afraid of? It was then and there when I realized it was my mission to transform the world’s view of beauty.
With hard work and dedication, IGIGI opened its doors in February 2000, making stylish apparel easily accessible to all the beautiful, curvy women of the world.
Where did you get the name "IGIGI?" What does it mean?
Praise the goddess, the most awesome of the goddesses.
Let one revere the mistress of the peoples, the greatest of the Igigi.
She is clothed in pleasure and love.
She is laden with vitality, charm, and voluptuousness
“Igigi” is the name of the ancient god’s civilization; and the main goddess of the group was Ishtar - the goddess of love and fertility. Coincidentally, the poem that I found described it perfectly who and what IGIGI is all about.
IGIGI is pronounced “ee-zhee-zhee”. Think of the French Name “Gigi” and the way it’s pronounced. Now add the “I” and combine the two to make “IGIGI”.
Why do you design clothes for plus-size women?
There’s definitely a void in the plus size apparel market that needs to be fulfilled. Granted there are other amazing competitors out there who also have amazing designs. But, if you’re looking for something truly unique, fresh, trendy, and high quality, IGIGI is the place to shop!
You have had couture clients before who wear straight sizes. How is designing for a voluptuous body different than for a straight size body?
There isn’t much of a difference in designing for a voluptuous body versus a straight sized body. Ultimately, every woman wants to accent their best features, deemphasize their areas of concern, and be able to strut confidently in clothes they love. My job is to do just that.
How do you get inspired?
High-fashion runways and magazines, literature, traveling, and my inner passion to produce the one-of-a-kind clothing that my customers truly love.
How would you describe the IGIGI customer?
She is a stylish, confident and empowered woman who appreciates the beauty in all things in life.
What is your vision for designing for voluptuous women?
IGIGI is here to transform the world’s view of beauty. The way it’s defined. The way it’s seen. We’re here to change the world!
Who is Yuliya on a personal level? How would your friends describe you?
They would probably say that I am an eternal optimist and an “unrealistic” dreamer who believes there is absolutely nothing impossible in this world. Also, I would guess they would say that I am a force to be reckoned with!
Who are your style icons? Who would be a dream person to design for?
First and foremost was my grandmother. She is truly a graceful and elegant woman who inspired me to see clothing as a means of self-expression and self-celebration.
Also, I’d love to design for amazing celebrities like Queen Latifa, Oprah Winfrey and Camryn Manheim.
The Best Fit
IGIGI designs dresses for real women of all shapes and sizes. We employ innovative techniques that create a great fit for the individual shape leading to a visually appeasing appearance. We provide the tools through the ShapeStylist section to educate our customers about their individual body shape and tricks of the trade to dress it for the ultimate flattery. We recommend shopping by your shape to achieve the best fit.
The Latest Styles
IGIGI strives to provide women of curves with smart, stylish and sophisticated collections that accentuate and celebrate their bodies. Our collections reflect the latest trends in fashion.
The Highest Quality
IGIGI strives to provide clothing with the highest quality fabrics and workmanship. From design to fabric to fit, we stand firmly behind the excellence of our collections. Each garment bears our commitment to those standards and your satisfaction.
Constantly New Releases
We are very proud to have implemented the concept of fast-fashion where we have optimized our development and production processes to produce most of our products from the moment of conception to be available for sale in less than one month.
IGIGI introduces most of its styles in very limited quantities to keep the collections exclusive. Thus, each style is unique and individual. Once it is sold out, it will not be brought back exactly as it is.
Made in USA
IGIGI proudly designs all of our products in San Francisco, California. All our sewing manufacturers are within 10 miles of our office in the heart of San Francisco.
I, myself, have never owned as beautiful a dress as the one I received from IGIGI! The fabric is magical; the fit is wonderful! No wonder Yuliya is being nominated for awards right and left! I am astounded how she has managed to read the pulse of the plus-size gals around the world! We need her and her designs!
The Holiday Styles are out-of-this-world fantastic! I chose the Clair De Lune Wrap Dress in Teal and I feel like royalty with it on! Gracie and I are dressing up for Christmas! So this magnificent dress will be appearing for Santa on Christmas Day!
I just adore the flowing skirt! The length is perfect for hiding my burned legs and deep v necklines hae aways been my favorite! If only my beloved, Ron, could see me in this! His eyes would roll!
If you are searching fo a breath-taking Christmas or New Year's Eve dress or a dress for everyday, IGIGI.com is the place to go!
•Surplice bodice is shaped by pleats
•Raglan 5/8 length sleeves
•Set-in waistband can be adjusted
•True wrap-around silhouette
•A-line flared skirt
•Side seam pockets
•Shoulder to Hem Length: 53"-56"
Care: Hand Wash in Cold Water or Dry Clean
Designed and made in San Francisco, USA
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