September’s SS/18 Fashion Shows Were The Most Diverse Yet, But Where’s The Variety In Diversity?

Did the most recent fashion month look any different to previous seasons? Curvier, browner, yellower and non-binary? Tick all of the above.

The runways this September were the most “diverse” since, well, ever, according to The Fashion Spot’s Diversity Report, which was released on Thursday 12 October.

Whilst this is a step in the right direction, the catwalk representation still leaves much to be desired – as across London, New York, Milan and Paris, 69.8% of castings were white models and just 30.2% were women of colour.

Though The Fashion Spot does not get into the details about the backgrounds which make up the non-white models, with less than a third of models being non-white it’s clear that there was not room for fair representation of people of different ethnic origins.

New York has led the cities in embracing diversity for a few seasons now, Jennifer Davidson, editor-in-chief of The Fashion Spot, told HuffPost UK that there increase in diversity cannot be seen as a reaction to Trump.

“There are many factors at play here, including societal changes, vocal cries for diversity, more diverse casting options than ever before, and designers that consistently embrace diversity in many forms,” she said.

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However, when the words diversity is used – it seems as though there is still a narrow and non-inclusive thinking on what that really means.

For example, across all fashion weeks, South Asian and Indigenous models were a rare sight and the hunger for these faces was made apparent when a South Asian model was put in the limelight.

Supriya Lele, an emerging fashion designer who is part of the Fashion East initiative, held one of the only shows to open …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Style

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