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How Can Racism Be Addressed in Fashion Schools?

by Dhani Mau

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Conversations around systemic racism within the fashion industry have been reignited in recent weeks, with many BIPOC professionals coming forward to share their experiences of racial inequality and discrimination at companies that expressed solidarity with Black Lives Matter publicly without addressing their own complicity internally.

The consensus is that there’s a lot of work to be done, and a lot of changes to be made. Companies need to diversify their staffs, from entry-level to C-suite positions, and they need to be authentically anti-racist. Fashion professionals need to feel comfortable in workplaces, be paid fairly and have upwardly-mobile career tracks.

Looking beyond corporate entities, U.S. fashion schools — a crucial first step for many careers in fashion — need to be a part of this equation.

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