The Fashion Spot is the premier diversity tracker for Fashion Week. The organization releases their numbers for runway model breakdown as it pertains to race, gender, age, and body size. This year, The Fashion Spot recently released the diversity numbers of 299 shows and 8,832 models for the Spring 2017 Fashion Week’s of New York, Paris, London, and Milan. Below are the summary of the results.
In a win for diversity, “For the first time in recent history, more than 25 percent of the model castings were nonwhite,” the report noted, calling the runways for Spring 2017 lines “the most diverse in history ― sort of.”
As expected, New York led the way with 30% of models being of color. Paris (24.1%), London (23.5%), and Milan (20.9%), followed behind. In a big surprise, Chromat and Christian Siriano, usually noted for their diversity, did not make the top 5 list this year. This may not be a bad thing exactly, as it could mean more fashion designers are understanding the value of diversity.
The top four most diverse shows were Kanye West (97% of models were people of color), Kimora Lee Simmons (82%), “Ashish, the only show outside New York to make the cut (75 percent), and Brandon Maxwell (69 percent).” At least 5 shows had no women of color, including repeat offenders Junya Watanabe and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row.
In addition, "Sixteen plus-size models walked in New York, but there were none in Paris, Milan and London. Ten transgender models appeared in total: eight in New York, one in Paris and one in Milan. According to the report, “women age 50 and above turned up on more runways this Fashion Month than in any other season in recent memory.”"