Introducing Copper Union’s Desert Lupine Collection

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Painful experiences can inspire beautiful art. Just ask indie plus size designer, Claire Doody. She spent last year battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. As Claire started to recover, she found herself drawn to flowers. That inspiration would serve for Desert Lupine, the Fall/Winter 2019 collection for her line Copper Union.

Copper Union Desert Lupine Plus Size Clothing Collection

“In the spring when I came back to work after taking almost a year off for chemo treatment, healing and self care I was obsessed with flowers, “ says Claire.

“Looking at the buds, their beautiful blooms opening up, they were blowing my mind. I couldn’t pinpoint why they were so memorizing but then I realized why, they were blooming and coming back to life just like me.” 

Copper Union first previewed the Fall/Winter Collection at the plus size fashion show and pop up shop, Knockout PDX, which Claire also produces. The packed ballroom cheered as Claire tearfully shared her inspiration for this collection.

As the models graced the runway, the story continued to unfold through the clothing. 

“When I was designing this collection, I looked to the beautiful colors in a desert thunderstorm and the secret flowers that only bloom after that.

It seemed fitting to name this collection Desert Lupine because I felt just like that special flower.”

Claire crafts Copper Union pieces in small batches using luxe fabrics. With a sleek high shine tone, the fabrication of the Henley Jumpsuit is a perfect example of what a game-changer luxe fabrics can be. 

In other instances, patterns complement the curves in flowing styles. One of the collection’s shining stars is the Maret Maxi Dress in Feather Print. 

This stunning maxi dress fits has been fitted on sizes 10-34. There’s multiple ways to wear it which makes this well worth the investment. 

Copper Union Desert Lupine Collection

We are so happy to see Claire back to designing. Copper Union’s Desert Lupine collection uses clothing as a way to make a statement about resilience, beauty and rebirth. 

You can now shop now at!

The collection is available in sizes 1-6.

Do you have a favorite piece? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Written by Alysse Dalessandro Santiago

Alysse Dalessandro Santiago is a plus size fashion blogger, writer, social influencer, designer, and professional speaker. After graduating with a double-major in Journalism and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, this entrepreneur is best known as the owner/designer for body positive fashion brand and personal style blog Ready to Stare. Her brand has become a haven for those whom fashion has otherwise ignored. It's a space where individual style is celebrated and breaking the rules is encouraged.

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