Diversity in fashion industry surpasses runway shows

The fashion industry inches closer to increased diversity every year, but this year, a new milestone was reached.

According to TheFashionSpot‘s Diversity Report, “fall ad campaigns were considered ‘more diverse’ than previous seasons when it comes to race representation, with models of color representing 30.4 percent of all female models cast,” Bustle reports. Examining 187 major fall campaigns which used a total of 457 female models, the report found that for the first time ever, fashion ads were more inclusive than runway shows.

Here are a few other noteworthy findings from TheFashionSpot‘s report:

  • The percentage of non-white models used in Fall 2017 campaigns increased to 30.4 percent, a 5.9 percent jump from the previous season and the site’s highest recorded increase to date.
  • Plus-size models starring in fashion ad campaigns experienced the slightest dip — 0.1 percent — to a measly 2.2 percent total, as plus models “accounted for just 10 of the 457 castings.”
  • Fall 2017 campaigns saw an increase in usage of both older models and transgender models, with 14 and six casting respectively out of a total 457 models cast.

TheFashionSpot‘s report also highlights the most and least diverse campaigns overall, notes Saint Laurent, Coach and Christian Dior as among the most diverse Fall 2017 campaigns, each boasting a rate of non-white models above 60 percent.

While there is clearly still work to be done in creating an inclusive and diverse fashion industry, every small step leads us to a more representative future.

Diversity in design

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.

Dressed in Truth

Three celebrities, one dress and one truth-filled response from Amy Schumer — these are the components of a recent Twitter debacle involving the actress and comedian, along with singers Jordin Sparks and Fergie.

The Today Show reports that on September 2, website The Fashion Spot tweeted a side-by-side image of the women wearing the same black and gold Halston Heritage dress, asking their followers which of the ladies wore it better. Schumer quickly weighed in with her opinion, offering that Sparks wore it better.

Twitter / Found on Today.com.

Twitter / Found on Today.com.

Four minutes later, Schumer had a change of heart, saying maybe Fergie wore the Halston Heritage style better. But in that second response, Schumer delivered her best response of all: that maybe we should “stop putting women against each other!”

Twitter / @amyschumer, found on Today.com.

Twitter / @amyschumer, found on Today.com.

Today says that Sparks joined the discussion, agreeing that all three of them “rocked” the dress. But leave it to Amy Schumer to inject a bit of humor into the exchange, tweeting that their next matching looks should be rain ponchos. She accompanied the suggestion with a photo of herself on the New York City subway in the proposed look.

Twitter / @amyschumer, found on Today.com.

Twitter / @amyschumer, found on Today.com.

Jordin Sparks followed suit with her own rain-ready look, ending the discussion on a light note.

Thanks, Amy Schumer and Jordin Sparks, for teaching us to stop pitting women against other women on the basis of looks, while poking fun at the notion along the way. May we learn to apply this lesson to other areas, as well.