By The Numbers: New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Diversity Count
1 year ago
Loop 21 reports on the diversity of New York Fashion Week Spring 2012
Over the past five years the issue of fashion's lack of diversity has triggered an ongoing discussion and debate kept alive by those who want to see the industry become more inclusive. Loop 21 attended several shows during New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, poured over hundreds of photos and took note of who walked down the runway. Here is a tabulation of over 150 runway shows. We break down the models into four categories: Black, Asian, Hispanic, Non-White/Race Unknown. In the last column you will see the most important, a percentage of each show's diversity.
New York Fashion Week, Spring 2012
The good news? As the data above shows there has been an increase in the number of models of color being used on runways this year, compared to last year represented in the spreadsheet below.
New York Fashion Week, Spring 2011
If this trend continues, soon enough we may end up with runways that actually reflect the diversity of the world at large, something New York Fashion Week’s Chief, Fern Mallis, said should ultimately be the goal. [See our interview with Fern and other fashion insiders HERE.]
Now if only we could get designers to reflect a little bit of diversity when it comes to body type. But for now we’d like to say overall to all of the designers out there who have started paying attention to the issue of diversity: kudos and keep up the good work.
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