WHISTLES (enquiries: 0171 487 4484): "From next winter we'll introduce a limited number of size 16s - we have done some size 16s in the past without much success, but felt it was worth another try."
RACING GREEN (enquiries: 0345 331177): "Since January 1996 we have offerred sizes 8-18."
JOSEPH (enquiries 0171 629 4774): "We've incorporated XL (size 16) into our collection for two-and-a-half years to meet the demands of a small proportion of our customers; we have not had a substantial demand for any larger sizes."
NICOLE FARHI (enquiries: 0171 287 8787): "The Mainline and Diversio ranges are available in sizes 8-16. All knitwear comes in S,M,L and, we produce some great "generous" items from cosy knitwear to fabulous A-line tunics."
JEAN MUIR (enquiries: 0171 409 2262): "From 1991, in response to demand from stockists and customers, we increased our size range on selected styles. Now virtually the whole collection is made up to a size 20. Our size 18-20 customers find that a Jean Muir looks as good on them as on a size 8. Above all, they love the fact that Jean Muir offers them special clothes that are easy, and that suit their shape."
GUCCI (enquiries: 0171 629 2716): "Gucci's ready-to-wear collection is available in sizes 8-16. However the demand in our shops is consistently for sizes 8-10. We have a very small demand for sizes 14-16."
ALLY CAPELLINO (enquiries: 0171 464 0768): "We have no size 16 as such, but the main line collection is very generous in fitting."
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD (enquiries: 0171 629 3757): "We offer a `made to order' service for ladies who are over size 14, or who are too tall or too small etc."
MONSOON (enquiries 0171 313 3000): "We have had size 18s in the collection since the start of the autumn/winter 1995 season because our research told us that there was a demand. Also, many of our `easy to wear' shapes suit a larger figure. For the forthcoming spring/summer 97 season there will be more size 18 garments."
GIORGIO ARMANI (enquiries 0171 235 6232): "We make sizes 8-18. Emporio Armani ranges from 8-16, owing to the smaller cut and a lack of demand for 16 plus."
FRENCH CONNECTION (enquiries 0171 580 2507): "Our main range is sized S,M,L - sizes 8-14. This season we've added a 16 to one of our key trouser shapes, the bootcut; the response has been good."
WALLIS (enquiries 0181 910 1333): "Wallis' main line ranges from 8-16s. We regard size 16 as integral to the product we offer. We recognise that size 16 is no longer regarded as specialist sizing."
WAREHOUSE (enquiries 0171 278 3491): "Warehouse have included sizes16 in its collection since 1994, due to feedback from customers. At present we have not got the shop space to offer 16 plus."
JAEGER (enquiries: 0171 200 4211): "Our size has always ranged from 6-18."
Top row (left): purple jersey shirt jacket, pounds 45 and matching skirt, pounds 36, both Seven from Evans, selected branches nationwide, tel: 0171 927 3806
Centre: forest green seamed tunic top, pounds 134 and matching trousers, pounds 125 both from Base, 55 Monmouth Street, London WC2, tel: 0171 240 8914
Right: bottle green chenille cardigan jacket, pounds 175, matching skirt, pounds 78 and black viscose t-shirt, pounds 42, all Sixteen, 47, 69 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London NW1, tel: 0171 483 0733. Bright green pleated velvet scarf, pounds 59, Jan Lindsay, Fenwicks, New Bond Street, London W1, tel: 0171 629 9161. Hand-made tan leather boots, pounds 175-pounds 200, to order from Sam Doran, tel: 0171 771 2002
Bottom row (left): chocolate brown fake fur jacket, pounds 80, Rogers & Rogers, tel: 01923 474 400 for stockists
Far right: red lurex sweater, pounds 40, Evans selected branches nationwide, tel: 0171 927 3806