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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The UK Fashion DEI Report

The British Fashion Council, The Outsiders Perspective and the (Fashion) Minority Report together with the support of McKinsey & Company as knowledge partner, have brought together a wealth of industry expertise to launch the inaugural UK Fashion DEI Report 2024. The report is a comprehensive review of the state of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the UK Fashion industry based upon the findings from The UK Fashion DEI Census and other new data sets.

The report reveals that despite a demonstrable positive shift in fashion’s public-facing persona, the sector can accomplish much more by diversifying its corporate representation, including executive positions. There is an intrinsic link between leadership diversity and company performance – and the report sets out a business case with measurable levers to accelerate diversity, talent recruitment and retention.

Key Findings:

  • ‚Äč9% of executives and boards in the UK fashion industry are held by people of colour, and 39% by women.
  • 11% of executive team and board “Power Roles” (being namely CEO, CFO, Chair and Creative Director) are held by people of colour, and 24% by women.
  • 86% of white men in the industry believe the industry is diverse. 46% of women of colour believe the industry is diverse.
  • 17% of companies have published quantitative DEI targets (as opposed to 56% who have published sustainability targets)
  • Of the top quartile of diverse businesses globally, 35% of their executive teams and board are people of colour, 50% are women 

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A Conversation with GQ Style: How Creativity can Create Unity

Caroline Rush, CEO of British Fashion Council introduces a panel of the GQ Style team answering questions which have been asked by the public through social media and discussing the fashion industry then and more importantly now during this momentous time of change.

Depop and the British Fashion Council present Black in Fashion

Back in October, depop joined forces with the British Fashion Council to host Black in Fashion - a virtual discussion about the contributions of Black creatives to UK fashion.

Diversity and Change in the Fashion Industry

Kenya Hunt, Fashion Director of Grazia UK, talks to Bethann Hardison, the pioneering fashion advocate, former model and agent best known for her work creating change within the fashion industry as it relates to diversity. 

Gender euphoria and allyship

Josh Rivers, creator and host of the podcast Busy Being Black, speaks to journalist Phillip Picardi (formerly CCO at Teen Vogue and founder of .them), fashion designer Charles Jeffrey, and gender non-conforming musician James Potter from the Scottish band Walt Disco about their personal experiences with faith and identity; how they fell in love with fashion; and how individual actions can lead to collective change.

Home Away From Home with Danshan

In celebration of Lunar New Year, we spoke to fashion design duo Danshan, about future family members, flowers and taking a break from fashion month. View the full series, available on YouTube and WeChat.

Home Away From Home with Nuria Ma

In celebration of Lunar New Year, we spoke to Nuria Ma, fashion influencer and design school student about self-expression, NEWGEN designer Yuhan Wang and appreciating spending time with loved ones.

Home Away From Home with Yoonmi Kim

In celebration of Lunar New Year, Yoonmi Kim, Korean stylist, spoke to us about her love of walking, tradition and family.

How a fashion superbrand is evolving with the times

Tommy Hilfiger talks to Financial Times' Jo Ellison about his brand’s work around inclusivity, equal opportunities and environmental initiatives.

Institute of Positive Fashion Forum 2021

The Institute of Positive Fashion Forum brought together leading voices from the fashion industry and beyond to unpack key issues facing the fashion industry ahead of COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, hosted in Glasgow in November. 

Making the Business Case for Diversity in Fashion

How can a business arguably built on keeping people out let more people in? In this episode of The Business of Fashion, Imran Amed heads to Paris to chat with Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Samira Nasr to learn about her rise in an industry that's systematically excluded people of color. In London, fashion leaders Sinéad Burke, June Sarpong and Jamie Gill explain how they see the gilded doors of luxury fashion being thrown open, and how the businesses that rely on it will benefit financially.

Navigating the Fashion Industry as a Marginalised or Minority Voice | Graduate Preview 2021

As part of the BFC’s continued efforts to support excellence in design by nurturing the next generation of creative talent, we present Graduate Preview 2021.

Standing up against Asian Hate in fashion

The journalist Susie Lau, aka Susie Bubble, hosts a touching and emotional conversation with her friend, the designer Prabal Gurung, about issues around racism towards the Asian community in the fashion industry, and the Slaysians initiative he has built aimed at promoting positive change.

The Fashion Awards 2020 | People

The category recognises those who have led change from head office to supply chain.

Transformation and evolution

Zinnia Kumar, the model, cultural advisor and writer, talks to London-based designer Kaushik Velendra about overcoming culture shock and systemic discrimination as well as discussing their contribution to an Indian luxury fashion renaissance.

Waking up to Racism in the Fashion Industry

Elgar Johnson, Fashion Director at GQ Style, leads a discussion with Priya Ahluwalia, Designer of the label Ahluwalia, and Gary Armstrong, Senior Fashion Editor at GQ Style, relating from personal experience how racism manifests in the British fashion industry, and how to implement effective change. 

"How To Become" Bianca Saunders | Video Series With Fashion Trailblazers | Wonderland x BFC

Brand new video series "How To Become", spotlighting only the most innovative and boundary-pushing names in fashion.

BFC & AZ Magazine Commemorate 50 Years of Pride

To commemorate 50 years of Pride, we have collaborated with AZ Magazine, a platform that allows QTIBPOC to showcase their talents and a space to address the issues faced by the community. This film celebrates the AZ community, featuring NY, Akash Sharma, Regina Eyite, WITCH IN HIDING, Jaz Mattaz and Amanda Ethereal, exploring the individual stories that exist within the fashion and QTIBPOC community.

These are available for everyone to access, to elevate and celebrate the voices of our creative communities across London and the UK, and we encourage you to engage with the innovators involved in this celebration of #Pride50.

BFC & AZEEMA Commemorate 50 Years of Pride

To commemorate 50 years of Pride, we have collaborated with AZEEMA, a magazine, creative agency and community exploring women and non-binary folk from marginalised backgrounds. This shoot is a celebration of the AZEEMA community, which is made up of many different identities with different intersections and fluidities, exploring the individual stories that exist within the fashion and LGBTQIA+ community. The featured creatives include designer Sheena Jonesey, photographer & producer Zorawar Waraich, artist ZMARAKS, photographer Bernice Mulenga and DJ Sarra Wild. 

These are available for everyone to access, to elevate and celebrate the voices of our creative communities across London and the UK, and we encourage you to engage with the innovators involved in this celebration of #Pride50.

BFC & PRIM.BLACK COMMEMORATE 50 YEARS OF PRIDE

To commemorate 50 years of Pride, we have collaborated with PRIM.BLACK, a platform all about cultivating community and giving queer and Black people a place that serves them, providing a space for rest and enrichment. This shoot celebrates the PRIM team who dedicate their time to this vision for our collective futures. The film features Call Me K, Josh Woolford, Finesse Noir, SAMBA and Desires Archive, exploring the individual stories that exist within the fashion and queer community.

These are available for everyone to access, to elevate and celebrate the voices of our creative communities across London and the UK, and we encourage you to engage with the innovators involved in this celebration of #Pride50.

BFC Fashion Forum Podcast - Season 4, Episode 1: Celebrating visible differences and individuality

The BFC Fashion Forum Podcast returns with Season 4, Episode 1: Celebrating visible differences and individuality. In this episode, model, actor and musician Shaun Ross hosts a conversation with fellow model and activist, Aaron Philip and co-founder of inclusive talent agency Zebedee Talent, Laura Winson about the importance of disability representation on screen and behind the scenes; celebrating visible differences in the fashion industry, and the impact on wider society. Listen here

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International Women's Day - Kenya Hunt

Kenya Hunt, EIC of Elle UK during our event celebrating the industry leaders of change and International Women's Day at the British Embassy in Paris. 

International Women's Day - Orsola de Castro

Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution during our event celebrating the industry leaders of change and International Women's Day at the British Embassy in Paris. We spoke to influential womxn within the fashion industry to discover how we can have a positive impact, collaborate to create an inclusive future and recognise the intersection of womxns experience within the industry including environmentalism, social justice and creativity.

International Women's Day - Susie Lau
Susie Lau fashion writer and columnist at es Magazine during our event celebrating the industry leaders of change and International Women's Day at the British Embassy in Paris.
The Importance of Black Fashion & Music Culture to British Fashion

A panel to discuss the intersection between music and fashion, leading into conversations around streetwear, high fashion, music and Black narratives and culture - it’s legacy and culture.

Verified Opportunities for Change within the Fashion Space

Scott Morrison, June Sarpong and Caroline Rush discuss the ‘Opportunities for Change within the Fashion Space’ focusing on representation within the fashion industry, shining a light on opportunities for change. 

Fostering the Next Generation of Creative Talent

Fostering the Next Generation of Creative Talent with Kenya Hunt, Karen Binns, Daniel Peters and Nell Kalonji.

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