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The Fashion Debates: Is Fashion Racist?

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we are huge admirers of Olivia Pinnock, fashion activist, who is chairing a series of discussions at the Condé Nast School of Fashion in Soho. Her latest debate is around racism in the Fashion Industry; a more than pertinent question in the wake of the leave vote in the recent EU referendum.

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we are huge admirers of Olivia Pinnock, fashion activist, who is chairing a series of discussions at the Condé Nast School of Fashion in Soho. Her latest debate is around racism in the Fashion Industry; a more than pertinent question in the wake of the leave vote in the recent EU referendum.

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It is staggering to think that for SS16 only 22.4% of catwalk models were non-white, a fact that led to allegations of cultural appropriation at Valentino and Junya Watanabe. So with leading fashion houses seemingly unwilling to reflect the diversity of the women who buy their brands, what exactly is going on, and what power as individuals do we have to change things?

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Confirmed on the panel so far are Naomi Mdudu, former Fashion Editor of The Metro and Editor of The Lifestyle Edit, who has already observed that women will buy readily from brands whose models reflect their own identity, and Anna-Mari Almila, Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, who has astutely observed that the narrow definition of fashion as ‘Western’ is a mistake.

SEEN hopes to be there on the 14th to participate and observe in this debate. The evening promises to be a lively discussion about how models are used, diversity and the use of language. As ever, SEEN anticipates a call to arms from Olivia who is a great believer in not just identifying problems, but how we, as consumers, can change attitudes for a fairer, more inclusive, and ethical fashion industry.

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Tickets are available for £10
The Fashion Debates from 7PM – 9PM
14th July 2016
Condé Nast College of Fashion
16-17 Greek Street
London
W1D 4DR

www.thefashiondebates.com
Link to previous SEEN article: Olivia Pinnock – Founder of the Fashion Debates

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