The Golden Globes have sparked a debate about who is responsible for making sure there is diversity and inclusion in fashion.
After Kamala Harris was roundly praised for representing fashion designers of color such as Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson at the opening events in January, there was an expectation that clothing designed by black designers will be worn by celebrities. at high-profile events.
In an article for a fashion industry publication. Daily women’s clothing titled: ‘Golden Globes Fashion Review: Where Were the Black Designers?’ journalist Booth Moore pointed the finger at the stylists and actors. “Despite all the discussion about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the (Hollywood Foreign Press) membership and the Golden Globe snub of each of the black-led ensemble films in the film category, a few Color designers are represented on the virtual red carpet. And that’s something that talent could control. “Moore argued that the” advantages “were responsible for the ubiquity of designers like Prada, Gucci and Armani at night.” Among them, only Vuitton has a designer of color at the helm: the clothes by Virgil Abloh, who dressed Mark Ruffalo and Tahar Rahim, “Moore wrote.
However, stylists Law Roach, who designed Tiffany Haddish (who was wearing Alberta Feretti) and Anya Taylor-Joy (at Dior) for the event, and Jason Bolden, who designed Cynthia Erivo (who was wearing Valentino) said the article it suggested that the responsibility for inclusion rested on the shoulders of the minority of black actors and stylists and not their white counterparts.
“What (the article) is implying is that the burden of the fight for diversity and inclusion should be on our shoulders, it is our responsibility, right?” Bolden said on a live Instagram. video. “And what is unfair is that we are still not the ones in power, and we are not the guardians … At what point are the white counterparts held accountable?” Bolden said it is the ones in power who have the power to change the look of the red carpet.
He added that white celebrities were praised for working with black designers and stylists, but there is a double standard at play. “They get to show up dressed in black talent and say ‘I did it, I’m here for the cause,’ and they go back to their fantastic life and they get all the checks and all the jobs and they never question it. But, nevertheless, here they question us again ”.
In Instagram Moore apologized for writing the article and said she hoped “to bring up what (she) thought was a legitimate problem.” She wrote: “I did not mean to imply that it is only the responsibility of a black stylist or a black talent to support black designers. It is the responsibility of the entire industry to support diversity and inclusion. ”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism