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Representation & Inclusion In The Fashion Industry Report

Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry report finds 68% of people have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the fashion industry based on appearance or beliefs.


London, 20th July 2021 // Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion (T&F APPG) chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP releases the Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry report.


The report looks at the role of the fashion professional and the impacts which a lack of diversity and inclusion has, not only on the individual, but also the economic impacts on the business revenue of a brand and on the wider economy. The report also offers solutions to address the social, cultural and far-reaching implications of a less inclusive fashion industry.


The Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry report addresses three key areas of diversity and inclusion: disability, race and LGBTQ+, while acknowledging the urgent need for further research on more areas, which will form future work by the T&F APPG’s secretariat Fashion Roundtable.

68% of those surveyed stated that they had experienced or witnessed discrimination in the fashion industry based on appearance or beliefs.

94.4% of those surveyed think it is important to see bodies like their own reflected in media images.

83% of our evidence submissions believed that the government should play a role in demanding better representation and inclusion in the fashion industry.

83.7% of those surveyed stated that if a fashion brand is shown to be non-inclusive, this would impact on their decision to shop with them.


Key findings:

  1. Lack of inclusion and representation in the fashion industry

  2. The fashion industry is missing out on potential revenue

  3. Sustained structural change is needed

  4. The industry is segregated

  5. Strong, transformational leadership is required

Alongside key findings, the Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry report offers a series of policy recommendations for sector and governmental implementation with the aim to serve as a roadmap towards a more inclusive, representative and successful UK fashion industry. Full details can be found in the report.


Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion: This report looks at the role of the fashion professional and the impacts which a lack of diversity and inclusion has, not only on the individual, but also the economic impacts on the business revenue of a brand and on the wider economy. But this is not just an economic impact, it has social and far-reaching implications, all of which this paper not only outlines, it offers solutions to address. It is my hope that this paper is read widely, both by industry and government, and that our recommendations serve as a roadmap towards a more inclusive, representative and successful UK fashion industry.