Representation & Inclusion in Fashion: Evidence Sessions
Time & Location
About the Event
Thank you for reading this.
Our first survey started in September 2019: 'Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper'.
It was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion and by the Secretariat, Fashion Roundtable.
We would like to say a big thank you to all those that have completed the survey.
To complete the survey, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/1zzLRBK7jzXp7Tx36
Please find below the background and the purpose of the survey for the policy paper.
We are at the last stage of the evidence gathering process and we would be truly grateful if you would be able to support this initiative.
Thus, we would like to ask if you could share your experiences as part of the research for the policy paper in a 1hour group Zoom session. We are interested in hearing about experiences and stories about inclusion and exclusion in the fashion industry in order for us to make policy recommendations.
We will be particularly focusing on issues related to discrimination linked to sexism, social-class, ageism, racism and anti-Blackness, homophobia, transphobia and ableism.
You are invited to choose a session that focuses on a particular area of the fashion industry. These are: fashion education, new designers, fashion creatives, marketing, modelling and casting, consumers. The questions will focus on issues of discrimination based around career progression, strategic decisions, and representation.
Questions during Zoom session
The questions will be targeted towards the sector that you work in. We will send out the list before the session so you have time to think about them. Just to give you an idea of what you will be asked, here are some typical questions:
· Can you tell us briefly about your career journey so far?
· Have you experienced or witnessed discrimination in the fashion industry based on appearances and/or beliefs? Can you give us an anecdote; talk us through an experience you have had in the workplace?
· How diverse is the senior management in your company/professional network? If it is not diverse, how have you dealt with that? You won’t be asked to disclose any persons or company names.
· At work have you ever felt misrepresented, stereotyped, forced into a role because of your identity?
Panellists on the Zoom session
The Panel is formed of: Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Chair of the APPG for textiles and fashion, Tamara Cincik Founder Fashion Roundtable, Dr Royce Mahawatte Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies Stage Two Leader Central Saint Martins, members of the APPG that you can find on the APPG website: https://www.appgtextilesfashion.com and other professionals of the session’s sector.
Each Group will be formed of Panellists and a group of people (interviewees) who will be giving evidence. A group of up to five persons, including you, sharing on their experience based on the questions above. I you prefer, we can organise an individual session.
Zoom Session Information
As an interviewee can participate with video and voice, but video can be disabled if you prefer. The sessions will be recorded and parts will be transcribed as support in the policy paper.
Please inform us in which session you would like to participate, that is most relevant according to your experience. If you are not available in any of these days, we can try to organise a different day that suits you.
Session: Fashion Creatives Sector, on 7th May at 10am for 1h
The other sessions, planned starting 15th of May are:
New Generation (Students and Designers)
Marketing & Advertising
Modelling & Casting
If you are unable to attend the sessions and still wish to be involved or informed of the survey and policy paper outcomes, please let us know.
Background Information of The Survey
Access and representation to and within the fashion industry is lagging behind other industry areas. As well as hindering people’s ability to develop professionally and fulfil their potentials, it limits the growth of the industry by restricting the talent pool. In the ‘Representation in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’, Fashion Roundtable aims to map the opinions of industry insiders and consumers to understand the cause of these discrepancies and propose and assess potential solutions.
Within the design and fashion design sub-sector in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, people of BAME origins held only 9% of jobs in the sector.
The Creative Industries has the lowest percentage of jobs held by people who qualify as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 at 10.1%, and in the design and designer fashion subsector it is 8.75%.
People are still unable to identify outside ‘male’ and ‘female’ in legal documentation, and statistics for the non-binary and trans population are not included in the sector breakdown given by the DCMS.
As part of the research for the APPG for Textiles and Fashion’s ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry’, Fashion Roundtable is initiating this call for evidence to the public. Fashion Roundtable aim to understand the experiences of people who work in the fashion industry or are consumers of goods and services produced by the fashion industry in relation to access, inclusion and representation.
Evidence will be reviewed and analysed to suggest policies for improving access, inclusion and representation within the fashion industry.
APPG for Textiles and Fashion and Fashion Roundtable, the Secretariat