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Is the Fashion Industry Diverse Enough? Join Vogue to Discuss

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Ghizlan Guenez, Patrick Herning, and Sinead Burke

It’s become the industry buzzword in recent years — but are inclusivity and fashion as aligned as they should be in the 21st century? It’s a divisive topic, and one that we’ll be delving into this week. As part of Vogue Loves Fashion Avenue, a 10-day calendar of events celebrating 10 years of The Dubai Mall, a series of bespoke talks will be held on the main stage with everyone from fashion designers to activists, influencers, and entrepreneurs talking about many different aspects of the industry.

On November 17, Vogue Arabia’s managing editor Alexandria Gouveia will host a topical panel that explores diversity in fashion. Joining Gouveia on the night will be Sinead Burke, a renowned writer, academic, activist and proud “little person”; Ghizlan Guenez, CEO and founder of The Modist, the first premium e-commerce site devoted to modest fashion; and Patrick Herning, founder and CEO of 11 Honoré, the first size-inclusive shopping site to offer women luxury fashion straight from the runway.

Diversity in fashion is a very broad topic covering race, age, religion, and size. A recent diversity report revealed that out of 218 Spring 2018 fashion print advertisements, starring a total of 541 models, only 10 of those models were plus size and only 34% of the adverts were racially diverse. While that’s a 1.2% increase on racial diversity from the year before, is it really enough?

According to a survey by the Global Islamic Economy report, the Muslim fashion industry is set to be worth US$484 billion by 2019, proving that modest fashion is clearly a thriving market. However, in spite of this statistic and the fact that hijabi models including Halima Aden, Kadija Diawara, and Mariah Idrissi are slaying it on the runway, Muslim models are not represented enough. The same can be said for plus-size models. While billions of dollars are being spent each year on plus-size fashion, consumers in that market just aren’t being catered for. And what about those living with disabilities? Where is their representation?

Our talk will make you rethink how you look at fashion, and leave you questioning what you can do to help improve diversity in the industry. Could there be future where fashion is all-inclusive? Make sure you’re there to be part of the discussion.

Panel: Is Fashion Diverse Enough? will begin at 7pm on Saturday, November 17, at the Vogue Loves Fashion Avenue main stage at The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue. Spaces are limited and on a “first come, first served” basis. For more information about Vogue Loves Fashion Avenue, including a list of exclusive talks with celebrities and style icons, masterclasses from industry experts, and live performances, click here

Now Read: Everything You Need to Know About the Vogue Loves Fashion Avenue 10-Day Event

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