catwalk diversity figures for autumn/winter 16 revealed
What a surprise… the runways were barely less white than last season.
The diversity figures for autumn/winter 16 have been released and it shows the runways weren't a whole lot less white than last season. The report by The Fashion Spot -- which takes in 312 shows and 8,727 castings from across New York, London, Paris and Milan -- found that 75.25 percent of the models were white, meaning that just 24.75 percent were models of colour. Although it represents a slight improvement on last season (when runways were 77.6 percent white), it goes to show just how much work needs to be done.
Leading the pack was New York, due in no small part to shows including Yeezy, Chromat and Zac Posen, while Milan and Paris barely budged and London actually went down in terms of diversity, which is a bit bonkers when you consider it's diversity that makes the city what it is. With plus-size, older and transgender models continuing to be woefully represented too, the industry needs to question the message of exclusion that some of the world's most celebrated designers are sending out. Change is coming, fashion: don't get caught on the wrong side of history.
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans