The last few years have seen the fashion industry become a more diverse, inclusive and representative place, and while things are definitely looking up, the industry still has a long way to go.
Just as Gucci made strides and appointed its first ever diversity chief last year, Prada has also been working to improve its practices and diversify the label.
Having already set up a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council in February 2019, it was revealed last week that all Milan and New York-based Prada employees will be undergoing “sensitivity training”. And if you’re scratching your head about what exactly “sensitivity training” is, you’re not the only one.
According to a settlement reached between the New York City Commission on Human Rights and Prada, sensitivity training will help educate the company and encourage it to engage in employment outreach with minority communities (and yes, in case you’re wondering, Miuccia herself will be among those receiving the training).
The company is also to appoint a diversity and inclusion officer within the next 120 days to review the brand’s designs before they reach the US public.
The news comes after Prada came under fire for including what was described as “blackface imagery” in displays throughout its New York stores in 2018, which it has since apologised for and removed.
And it looks like Dior and Gucci are next, as the New York City Commission on Human Rights is also in talks with them over their own sensitivity issues.
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