Strut Stats: Spring 2019 Fashion Week Diversity Report

With New York Fashion Week just days away, it’s the right time to recap the diversity statistics for Spring 2019 so far. 

September A.K.A. ‘Fashion Month’ has (finally) arrived, which means that it’s time for the biggest international runway shows to commence and for culture-shifting magazine covers to dominate newsstands. While this time of year can bring great excitement, it also offers a great opportunity to reflect on the state of diversity in fashion at large. So far, the September issues  have signaled a swarm of much-needed progress with black women gracing nearly every magazine cover. But based on the numbers from our diversity report last season, there’s no question that much more progress needs to happen on the runway.

As we prepare for fashion month to get into full swing, we’re running the diversity statistics of Spring 2019 runway fashion shows so far.

About the Season

The Spring 2019 runway shows kicked off in June and are still in full swing. While the overall numbers are considerably lower than the high magnitude shows that take place during fashion month, the diversity statistics are quite impressive in context. This season’s shows peaked in representation with over half of the shows featuring at least 20% of black models.  It’s also worth noting that natural hair has continued to take a bigger front stage in fashion runway shows, with models wearing afros, cornrows and other natural styles more frequently. On a less impressive note, only 2 black designers debuted collections out of 25 designers in total. One of the designers was Wales Bonner, who is among the list of designers who dressed Beyonce for her recent Vogue Cover story. Overall, amidst all of the major internal changes happening backstage in the fashion industry, this season seems promising.

What is The Strut Stat Report?

The Strut Stat report is an analytical overview of the state of diversity for black women during the international fashion weeks that take place every season. The purpose of this report is to provide statistics and solid numbers that show the fashion industry how much work still needs to be done to achieve adequate representation for all races.

Disclaimer: 

  • Each model is counted as “1” model for each time they walk in a show or each photo they appear in for a presentation/campaign.
  • We acknowledge that some models’ races will not be distinguishable solely based on their physical appearance. We use our best judgement to consider the range of identities that exist within the diaspora so that we can make our calculations as accurate as possible.
Gabriella Layne

Editor-in-Chief of The Strut Magazine

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