The lack of ethnic diversity on the catwalks is often one of the most debated topics after each fashion month, but according to recent statistics, things are starting to change for the better.
The Fashion Spot has released its biannual diversity report, which analysed 8,832 model appearances from New York, London, Paris and Milan at the spring/summer 2017 shows. After examining the race, size and age of models, the study confirmed that this was the most diverse fashion month in recent history.
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The analysis found that for the first time, more than 25 percent of the model castings were non-white. 74.6 percent of the models cast were white and 25.4 percent were women of colour, a small but important increase on last season when 75.3 percent of the models were white.
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New York was the most diverse city, with 30.3 per cent of models being women of colour, but there was some good news for London, too. The capital city saw a 3.6 per cent increase in the number of non-white model castings for spring 2017, which is the most significant increase of any city, according to the study.
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As for designers, Ashish led the way in terms of inclusion at London Fashion Week. Seventy-five per cent of models were non-white, which made the the Delhi-born designer’s show the third-most diverse. Kanye West was ranked in the top spot for the second time, with 97 per cent of non-white models walking the runway at the Yeezy Season 4 show.
However, despite these encouraging findings, there is still a long way to go before the catwalk reflects the diversity of our population. The report called out Mila Schön, Daniela Gregis, Anrealage and Junya Watanabe for their all-white castings, and seven out of the top 10 most-booked models were white.
These figures come after the Council of Fashion Designers of America wrote a letter to its members to encourage diversity of models in the shows in September.
“Our objective is to make a shift on how the model of colour is viewed so it becomes natural to see them participating each season in a greater number than seasons past,” read the letter.
This is only just the beginning of a much-needed transformation in the world of fashion.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK