Co-Presidents of the Fashion Club: Linden, Denver, and Ashley, and the Diversity Council, Anisa (missing: Shayla, Diversity Council)
As you know, I am the mother of teenage boys. I wouldn’t trade that for anything, but there are times when I really miss having important conversations with young women. That is why writing Turning Fashion Inside Outcontinues to bring me so much joy. Today was one of those days, and I was honored to join a meeting with a group of spirited and thoughtful high school women of Kent Place School. The meeting was a combined effort of the Fashion Club and the Diversity Council and the topic was diversity (or lack thereof) in the fashion industry.
The leaders first identified startling facts and then they opened the floor for discussion, feedback and conversation. The facts are these: that even though white people represent only 16% of the global population, white people dominate the runway at 94.6%. There is a very small representation of women of color on the runway, including black, Asian and Latina models. Continue reading →
New York Fashion Week starts in just one day (February 6th) and The Diversity Coalition will be watching. The question: will there be a focus toward diversity on the runway? The fashion industry has a lot to answer for; last fall, just before the Spring 2014 shows, Bethann Hardison, former model and activist, along with Iman and Naomi Campbell, spearheaded a letter from The Diversity Coalition that was sent to four of the international fashion capitals, identifying the fact that the lack of color on the runway was “unbecoming to modern society.” The letter went on to state that, “We will continue to watch and reveal season to season.”
Will we see more diversity on the runway? If not … along with Bethann Hardison and Iman and Naomi Campbell I will call it ‘unbecoming‘ and I’m not buying that!