Let’s hope we’re not putting our mouth on the fashion industry by speaking too quickly but it finally seems like the message of diversity is getting through to the fashion types. Maybe it’s the Obama effect, as the NY Times put it, (or as Tracy Morgan more succintly put it: “black is the new president, bitch!”) but the recently concluded New York Fashion Week was far more colourful than any in recent times.
Jezebel did an exhaustive (seriously, that must have been time consuming- really got to large them up for taking the time to go through all of the pics on style.com and break it down- whew!) study of the week and concluded that some 18% of the spots in fashion shows were given to models of colour. Their analysis:
There were 116 labels that held shows at the recently ended New York fashion week; that’s 3,697 spots in runway and presentation lineups. Of those, 668 were given to models of color — which, at just over 18%, is 6% better than one year ago. (And certainly better than in the fall of 2007, when WWD reported that one-third of the New York shows used no models of color at all.)
They even did graphs breaking down the race of the models of colour used. Of that number, 41% were black, 36% were Asian and 22% Latina, with 1% being other ethnicities.
While this is no where close to being an accurate representation of the racial composition of the United States, which is 26% non-white, it is encouraging progress so let’s give credit where credit is due.
Now, it’s on to Milan Fashion Week, which, while known for being very vanilla, also produced the iconic all-black Italian Vogue. So here’s hoping…