The George Floyd case received a lot of attention sparking a Black Lives matter protest among the people of the entire world. While many came forward to support the cause, the fashion industry looks at stepping forward in a creative manner.
Two big names of the fashion industry, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, the editor in chief of Teen Vogue, and Sandrine Charles, the owner of Sandrine Charles Consulting have joined in hands to support the cause in their own unique manner. The two have decided to set up a Black in Fashion council that will be focused on driving equality in the fashion industry across the world.
Talking about the initiative, the duo said, ‘As a collective, we envision a world in which black people in fashion and beauty spaces can be open and honest, guaranteed equal rights, and be celebrated for our voices. While we are working on our end, we encourage people in the industry to rise to the occasion to sustain long-term change.’
The council already stands strong with 400 industry professionals, which includes the likes of various models, stylists, editors and fashion executives. Moreover, it already has a board of 35 members that comprise of GQ deputy fashion director Nikki Ogunnaike, costume designer Shiona Turini, and Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniel.
The council focuses on establishing gender equality index as well and shall look forward to creating a measurable index for the next three years to record the sustainability of the initiative.
Lindsay People Wagner told Vogue, ‘the Human Rights Campaign already has a corporate equality index for people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community that companies like Kering are already a part of. This would be a way to continue to give companies a report card of accountability without them feeling like they’re being shamed into it, and giving them the actual resources of what people are saying they want to see changed.’