July 20, 2019

Prada sets up diversity council

Ava DuVernay – Image by PD-USGov in the public domain.

De luxe fashion brand Prada announced in February the launch of a Diversity Council to be co-chaired by film-maker Ava DuVernay, known for her activism to unearth the subtle systematic racism in the US and Theaster Gates

The council’s mission shall be to “elevate voices of colour within the company, and the fashion industry at large” as Prada let it be stated in a press release. All in all, it shall oversee the company’s human investment in diverse talent development as well as the expansion of opportunities for young students of colour in the fashion industry.

Black rights activists hailed the decision to hire DuVernay and her fellow co-chair, Theaster Gates, a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University Chicago famous for his work as an activist-artist. Activists have long said that fewer racial gaffes would occur if the fashion world was more inclusive of people of colour.

As of August 2018, the Council of Fashion Designers of America had merely 15 black designers amongst its ranks for a membership of more than 500 people.

For further information: https://www.prada.com/de/de.htmlD

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