05.25.131:19 PM ET

Cornell Students Design Plus-Size Dress Form

That's actually good.

Two Cornell fashions students are finally doing something about a problem that has persisted for years: they want to make better clothing for plus-sized people. The students, Brandon Wen and Laura Zwanziger, decided to make a plus-sized collection and immediately ran into another problem that might have kept them from their goal when they couldn't find a single decent plus-sized dress form. Most stores didn't sell them, and those that did simply used regular mannequins whose proportions had been scaled up. But they didn't give up. Instead, they turned to technology, teaming up with a professor who helped them devise their own form. The three analyzed thousands of women's body scans and came out with a pear-shaped dress form pattern in a women's size 24. The best part? She's realistic.