When it comes to diversity and inclusivity, it is not enough to include diverse faces in ad campaigns and to hire chief diversity officers. We actually need to do the difficult work of enacting cultural change and making people feel involved in the inner workings of the industry itself. This special print issue focuses on how to better understand inclusion and implement it in every part of our industry.
The issue spotlights Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and his campaign star, Adut Akech; legendary designer Dapper Dan exploring how Gucci is turning a PR crisis into a learning moment for the company; Chika, a self-described "big, black, gay, vocal girl", who recently fronted a campaign for Calvin Klein underwear; and stories on how to create an inclusive workplace, the business of queer casting and a series of opinionated essays from industry experts on how fashion is addressing diversity and inclusion.
Also included with the issue is our directory of the seventh annual BoF 500, a hand-selected index of the people shaping the global fashion industry. This year, we have added 100 new change agents who are helping to create a more diverse and inclusive fashion industry. We will continue to add new members each cycle, resulting in a community that grows stronger and more meaningful over time — and that includes all members from previous years.
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