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5 Designers Who Are Committed to Runway Diversity

As part of the tFS Style Awards, forum members nominated a group of designers who are all highly committed to making the fashion industry more inclusive and diverse. Before you cast your vote for the Honorary Award for Diversity, here's a crash course on each designer's casting practices. 

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2014 / Image: IMAXtree

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2014 / Image: IMAXtree


From an interview with Dazed Digital, which went up yesterday: 

When I cast models I love to show a variety of women. Beautiful sexy women with curves, ethnic women, androgynous women. I don’t want to have just one specific image of a woman in my shows, I want to present what really exists. And the same for men. I also like to show attitude.

And here's Gaultier responding (via open letter) to a critic who disparaged one of the designer's casting decisions:  "I always had girls in my shows from different social strata, treating someone as down-market is cheap."