For the past few years, The Fashion Spot has monitored every Fashion Week and reported on the race, size and gender of models, pinpointing the designers and labels who champion diversity, and those that do not.
This week, they published their report into the spring/summer 2018 shows – and found that they have been the most diverse yet. However, the figures show that the industry still has a long, long way to go in terms of equal representation.
Having looked at 266 major shows and 8,258 catwalk appearances across the four fashion capitals, 30.2% of casting were women of colour, up 2.3% from last season. The most racially inclusive shows were Sophia Webster, Tome, Ashish, Chromat and Kenzo.
New York Fashion Week was the most racially diverse overall – and also cast 90 of the 93 ‘plus-size’ models who walked the runway.
Collectively, 27 models aged over 50 walked the runways, and 45 transgender models, and four non-binary models, were cast this season, compared to 12 castings last season.
The figures are moving in the right direction – but progress is still slow.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK