The Fashion World Promised More Diversity. Here’s What We Found.

When it comes to the power structure of established brands, and the designers who represent them, Black representation is incredibly small.

Of the 64 brands we contacted, only Off-White has a Black chief executive — and that man, Virgil Abloh, is also the founder.

Of the 69 designers or creative directors

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When It Comes to Diversity in Fashion, There’s Lots of Work to Be Done

As the American fashion industry slowly recovers, there’s an opportunity to build better systems that allow everyone, not just a few, to participate in the industry.

That’s one of the main findings from a study conducted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and PVH Corp., which are advocating for measurable change in the American fashion industry. The two groups began research in 2019 to gain a better understanding of how the industry can become more diverse, equitable and inclusive, especially through the lens of racial equity as it relates to talent acquisition and retention.

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