Diversity, acceptance, and inclusion: Changing trends in the fashion industry
Harsh is the co-founder of Fynd, a first-of-its-kind, e-commerce fashion platform, with a live inventory of 8K plus stores catering to more than 8 million customers. He is an engineer from IIT Bombay and has 7+ years of experience in the field of Fashion Retail, Hospitality, Management Consulting and Human Resources.
The March 1966 edition of Vogue UK shows Donyale Luna, sporting a thick, Twiggy (Lesley Lawson)-esque makeup. Luna, a 20-year- old woman, hails from Detroit and is one of the first international black supermodels. What is worth noticing is that this was the first time a model of colour became the face of Vogue. Fashion, for the most parts, has been incredibly one-dimensional, selective, and intolerant. This might sound like an extreme claim, but the fact that it took seven decades for Vogue UK to accomplish this, speaks volumes about what we have mentioned.
Featuring Luna on the Vogue UK cover marks a critical turning point in the history of the fashion industry; it paved the way for future models like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and Chanel Iman, not only to become successful models but also to act as an icon to millions of coloured people all over the world. What this goes to show is that all it needed for people with differences to excel in fashion was a little acceptance from the fashion industry. Once that was accomplished, everything else fell into place. It is because of this change today that one can find people of different colour, caste or creed endorsing high fashion and high-value products like jeans, designer watches, gowns and shoes etc.
Let’s have a look at six breakthrough trends and events of the 21st century which has changed the face of fashion.