THE BLACK IN FASHION COUNCIL INTENDS TO HOLD THE FASHION INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABLE
On August 3, 2020, the Black in Fashion Council, committed to holding the fashion industry accountable and announced major partnerships with beauty and fashion brands that support the advancement of black industry professionals. Since the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and other black victims of police brutality, concerns about systemic racism towards blacks have been widely expressed, and racism within companies is no exception. While some companies have been “cancelled” for mistreatment of black employees, others have taken a stand in solidarity with members of the black community. The Black in Fashion Council intends to do something about the negative experiences of blacks in the beauty and fashion industry. Here is what you should know about the Black in Fashion Council:
The masterminds behind it all
The Black in Fashion Council was founded by Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles. Wagner, who has made a name for herself by coupling fashion and social issues is the current Editor-In-Chief for Teen Vogue and the youngest Editor-In-Chief of a Condé Nast magazine. Equally as impressive, Charles is the founder of Sandrine Charles Consulting and a groundbreaking publicist who has elevated menswear brands like Nordstrom x Nike, Bristol x Adidas and Pretty Little Thing x Karl Kani.
How the Council will hold the industry accountable
With support from the Human Rights Campaign and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the Black in Fashion Council has established an Equality Index Score for companies that outlines what diversity and inclusion should look like. The council hopes to establish long-term change through partnerships with large and small brands and black industry professionals. The council plans to release generalized results of their findings in Fall 2021.
At the start of August, 38 fashion and beauty brands committed to creating and enforcing policies that support black employees at all levels through a three-year partnership with the Black in Fashion Council. A few of the partnering brands include Glossier, L’Oréal and Birchbox. Universal Standard, a clothing brand well-known for its size-inclusivity—providing sizes 00-40, is another partner on the list. A full list of partners can be found on the council’s website.