INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY
RESET: Building an industry which embraces inclusivity and diversity
VIRTUAL EVENT ON 12 / 11 / 2020
Valuing all the unique elements of a person is diversity, while inclusion is to create an environment that is fair. Ultimately the goal is to establish a culture of belonging for all.
The fashion industry, in attempts to promote diversity and inclusion, has sought out diverse creatives and featured diverse models on their runways and other campaigns. This, however, has not been enough to promote belonging as these people of colour within the industry still have limited influence and decision-making power.
It is estimated that 50-100% of minorities/ marginalised people hide their authentic selves in the workplace and other spaces out of fear that they will be excluded. These feelings of fear have been collated under movements #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo.
In Africa the creative industry is tasked with telling authentic African stories and reclaiming intellectual recognition over ever-evolving cultural beliefs. How is the African fashion industry promoting diversity and belonging, and how are these brands received by local and international audiences?