The fashion industry is slowly but surely getting a little more diverse — that’s what a new report from theFashionSpot shows.
According to ELLE, the site’s biannual diversity report concluded after analyzing 299 fashion shows and 8,832 model appearances in the spring 2017 season that this season has been the most inclusive thus far.
“Of all models cast in New York, London, Paris, and Milan, 25.4 percent were women of color (compare to 22.4 percent for spring 2016),” ELLE reports. “New York shows were by far the most diverse in terms of age, size, race, and inclusion of transgender models — of the 10 cast overall, eight walked in New York.”
The report also makes mention of initiatives within the fashion industry that sought to achieve size and beauty inclusivity, such as the All Woman Project, which was started by models Charli Howard and Clémetine Desseaux in order to “highlight the idea that no two women are the same and illustrate the beauty of diversity.”
But beyond such initiatives, the report also named the five most diverse fashion shows for the spring 2017 season, says ELLE. Topping the list was Yeezy, with 97 percent of the models showing off its forthcoming styles being models of color. Following Yeezy was Kimora Lee Simmons — who had 87 percent diversity — as well as Ashish with 75 percent, Brandon Maxwell with 69 percent and Telfar with 67 percent, ELLE reports.
Also noting efforts to include plus models, the report mentions that Christian Siriano cast “five of the top curvy models — Marquita Pring, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Precious Lee, Sabina Karlsson and Georgia Pratt — in his Capri-inspired presentation,” though the diversity report contends that body diversity continues to lag behind racial diversity.
Other categories included in the report focused on transgender models (who had an increase from five appearances in the prior season to now 10 appearances, according to the report), as well as older models (who also made more appearances on this season’s runway than before).
With diversity slowly starting to pick up in the fashion industry, the future of fashion is looking a little more representative of the actual population it seeks to serve.