All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion 'Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper': Submitting Written Evidence as an Individual
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Access and representation to and within the fashion industry is lagging behind other industry areas. As well as hindering people’s ability to develop professionally and fulfil their potentials, it limits the growth of the industry by restricting the talent pool. In the ‘Representation in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’, Fashion Roundtable aims to map the opinions of industry insiders and consumers to understand the cause of these discrepancies and propose and assess potential solutions.

• Within the design and fashion design sub-sector in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, people of BAME origins held only 9% of jobs in the sector,
• The Creative Industries has the lowest percentage of jobs held by people who qualify as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 at 10.1%, and in the design and designer fashion subsector it is 8.75%,
• People are still unable to identify outside ‘male’ and ‘female’ in legal documentation, and statistics for the non-binary and trans population are not included in the sector breakdown given by the DCMS.


EVIDENCE SOUGHT

As part of the research for the APPG for Textiles and Fashion’s ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry’, Fashion Roundtable is initiating this call for evidence to the public. Fashion Roundtable aim to understand the experiences of people who work in the fashion industry or are consumers of goods and services produced by the fashion industry in relation to access, inclusion and representation.

Evidence will be reviewed and analysed to suggest policies for improving access, inclusion and representation within the fashion industry.


HOW TO RESPOND

Please answer the following questions. If you wish to submit a further statement, please send a word document to research@fashionroundtable.co.uk with the subject line ‘Written statement - R&I Policy Paper’

In your attached statement, please feel free to share any experiences, datas and stories about your experiences as part of or as a consumer of the industry.


CONFIDENTIALITY AND DATA PROTECTION

In submitting evidence, you agree to allow Fashion Roundtable to process your response and include it in the ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’.

Individual responses will be used anonymously.

Please contact rafaella.defreitas@fashionroundtable.co.uk if you have any questions.

The deadline is the 21st of November.
Do you work in the fashion industry? *
Are you based in the UK? *
Do you feel people who work in the fashion industry represent a spectrum of different bodies and identities? (i.e. sizes, abilities, ethnicities, classes, ages, sexualities, genders)? *
Do you think that images produced by the fashion industry represent a spectrum of different bodies and identities? (i.e. sizes, abilities, ethnicities, classes, ages, sexualities, genders)? *
Do you think fashion represents you in campaigns, in fashion shoots and on the catwalk? *
Do you think it is important to see bodies like your own reflected in media images? *
If a brand has a good reputation for being inclusive (i.e. catering to marginalised people and showing a diverse range of bodies in adverts), does this motivate you to purchase from them? *
Alternatively, if a brand is shown to be non-inclusive, would this impact your decision to shop with them? *
Must the images, campaigns and shows produced by the fashion industry be a reflection of real life or can it remain a pure fantasy in regard to body image? *
Have you experienced or witnessed discrimination in the fashion industry based on appearances and/or beliefs? *
What type of discrimination happens the most in the fashion industry? *
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Do you think the government should play a role in demanding better inclusion and representation from the fashion industry? *
If your local MP candidate was vocal about access and representation in the fashion industry, would you be inclined to change your voting choices? *
If government expressed interest in addressing issues of access and representation in the fashion industry, would you be inclined to change your voting choices? *
How powerful do you feel fashion and fashion media is as an instrument for social change? *
No influence
Extremely powerful
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