Opinion: Is there enough diversity in fashion?
|April 8, 2012||Posted by admin under Opinion|
Is there enough diversity in the fashion industry?
Whether it’s to do with race or size this question always pops up during a new season. Many designers have produced the most fabulous and edgy looks to hit the runway and ad campaigns.
But has the issue of less diversity formed a vision and ideology on who’s the typical consumer? Or are the uses of particular models solely based on market research?
The glamorous but controversial industry has usually brushed this popular question under the carpet waiting to disappear.
However, this lack has been noticeable and always a hot topic during Fashion Week, when designers showcase a new collection.
Some would agree that there are various people who are to blame for the rising issue.
(Plus size model walking for Herver Leger)
Whether it’s designers, editors or model agents these individuals have the opportunity to represent a spectrum of our society, but it seems none of these parties want to take blame for their actions.
Jessica Thompson, 18 who’s a photography student said: “People who are involved in the business have the influence to change things, but I don’t understand the slow progress.”
If the standard of beauty is based on certain cliental, does this mean that others don’t exist?
Also would models that don’t represent the conventional image damage the representation of a global fashion house brand?
In last February’s New York Fashion Week Betsy Johnson [who is known for breaking the mould in fashion] used a diversity of races and fuller curvy models. She also shocked the fashion world in the same fashion week and casted real women for her runway show.
Although, there has been some criticism with the multi-billion pounds industry, there has been a slow progression on including different minorities.
In 2007 Vogue Italia published the “Black Issue” to celebrate black models from the past and the present, with a good response of being sold out in 72 hours in the UK and United States.
This progression has also lead to the success of other rising models to be noticed in ad campaigns and runway shows. Models such as Jourdan Dun, Victoria Secrets Chanel Iman and Liya Kebede have become cover girls for major fashion magazines.
There has been a lot of controversy in fashion but it’s up to people who have the influence to change this common trend, whether it’s the designers or model agencies.
Photos courtesy of: Getty Images
By Lola Akande