Diversity in the fashion industry: a panel discussion at the National Museum of Scotland
Diversity in fashion is a conversation that I’ve been involved in for many years. As a part-time senior lecturer in Fashion Journalism, I contributed to several research projects at university – and I’m delighted to be invited back up to Edinburgh next week for a panel discussion at the National Museum of Scotland. On Thursday 3rd October, fashion experts, educators and activists will gather for an empowering discussion on why it is the fashion industry’s responsibility to increase inclusion and diversity and better reflect society. Chairing the ‘Body Beautiful Round Table’ event is Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Diversity Network. Other panellists (as well as yours truly) include the brilliant educator and activist Sinéad Burke, a powerful advocate for reform in the fashion industry, particularly around the representation of disabled people. She is well-known for her TED talk ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ (which received over 1.3 million views) and appeared in the September issue of British Vogue as part of the ‘Forces for Change’ line-up. Writing about the responsibility she felt as ‘ the first little person on the cover of Vogue’, Burke explained, ‘We need to be constantly asking whose voices are not in the world, which perspectives are not being considered, and make sure that change occurs with as much intersectionality as possible.’ We’ll be sitting alongside writer and model Jamie Windust, fashion designer Rob Jones of Teatum Jones, artist and womenswear designer Georgina Johnson and model, broadcaster and curator Eunice Olumide.
The round table is programmed as part of the museum’s current exhibition ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’ which is on until 20 October 2019 at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (admission is free). The exhibition explores themes such as size, gender, age, race and disability and showcases the work of designers championing diversity, including: Jean Paul Gaultier, Max Mara, Ashish, Vivienne Westwood and Pam Hogg.
And the good news is…tickets are still available for the panel event (£7) and can be booked via the link below. Hope to see some of you next week!
Body Beautiful Round Table
Thursday 3rd October
3 Oct 2019
Adults £7, Members & Conc.* £6, Students £5
*Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people go free.
Book tickets HERE