When it comes to inclusivity in fashion, we've found that conversation often pushes brands toward progress. Over the past week, we've told the story of a model who protested at Paris Fashion Week, as well as what it's like to be a creative leader during the highly visible month, from our very own fashion director. Casting director James Scully posted about alleged model mistreatment on social media just two weeks ago. And others have continued to speak out for diversity and fairness in the industry. In its latest report on diversity, The Fashion Spot revealed that fall 2017 was the most inclusive Fashion Week ever, so it appears those conversations are moving the industry forward in a positive direction.
Still, there's more work to be done. According to the report, no transgender models walked at fashion week in London, Paris, and Milan this season. Progress seems to be slower across the pond when it comes to inclusivity, but given our rapidly changing world and the visibility that stems from social media, there's no excuse for brands that aren't on board with change. “We’re still seeing tokenism, and we’re not yet seeing widespread acceptance of models across categories — models of various sizes, ages, races, and gender identities," said the Model Alliance's Sara Ziff.
There was a significant increase in representation for models of color. The fall 2017 season was the most racially diverse season ever as 27.9 percent of models cast were women of color — a 2.5-point jump from spring 2017. New York Fashion Week continues to lead the charge with the five most racially inclusive shows, including Chromat and Yeezy Season 5.
Fall 2017 was also a banner season for body diversity in New York City. NYFW saw a record 26 curvy model castings at shows like Christian Siriano, Dolce & Gabbana, and H&M Studio. But only four curvy models walked in Europe, which means the industry still has a lot of work to do when it comes to body diversity and positivity on the runway.
These stats prove that the way forward is indeed a climb. Thankfully, we're in it for the long haul.
Related: Every NYFW Runway Included At Least One Model of Color