Dolce & Gabbana became the first luxury fashion house to extend its size range to 22 (54 in Europe) – a positive move by the brand, which recently became embroiled in a racism scandal, due to an advertising campaign aimed at their Chinese audience.

In a statement sent to British newspaper The Telegraph, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, said: “Extending our clothing size range is a tribute to women, to feminine body shapes and to beauty in its entirety… For us, it was natural to extend the sized of some clothes of our collections: we have always loved the female silhouette in every size and shape.”

The size range extension begins with the pre-fall collection, which is on sale now. Dolce & Gabbana has also pledged to start working with bigger models in its future advertising campaigns. The label has worked with plus-size models Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday in the past.