Chanel leads diversity in luxury: is this the beginning of real change?

The iconic French fashion house is among the first to hire a diversity officer
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Chanel leads diversity in luxury: is this the beginning of real change?

The fashion world has always been a highly problematic one in numerous different ways. From body type to race to gender to class, there seems to be no sociological or cultural area clothes haven't derided and divided at some point in time. But at long, long last things are starting to change.

The Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks were the most diverse ever with 36.1 per cent of all castings across New York, London, Milan and Paris went to models of color. That's a pretty significant rise from just 17 per cent in Spring/Summer 2019. Yes, of course there's still a whopping way to go but you only have to look at the likes of Halima Aden, arguably the world's first hijabi supermodel gracing catwalks and covers all over the world to know we're getting closer.

Furthering diversity in fashion will, in many ways, come down to the luxury powerhouses and conglomerates. Such as Chanel to this week made history by hiring their first ever Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion.

Fiona Pargeter joined Chanel this month from Swiss bank UBS where she was Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. According to the brand, its diversity and inclusion efforts had previously been led within its People & Organization function but the creation of this new role will really lend momentum to Chanel's existing efforts. Even more excitingly, Burberry and Gucci are now currently filing for similar positions.

Let the sea change roll.

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