The Farfetched D&I Fashion Problem And The Face Of Change 

The fashion industry has long been an inherently exclusive industry that presents barriers to entry that deter social and geographical mobility. The late Virgil Abloh, head of menswear at Louis Vuitton, Olivier Rousteing, the Balmain designer, and Rhuigi Villasenor at Switzerland’s Bally are some of the notable few who highlighted how few artistic voices there are in fashion from minority backgrounds.

Dheeraj is an Expert Fashion Consultant and has been the head designer for Vince Camuto Men’s, the head designer of Original Penguin Tailored, and the senior designer for Perry Ellis.

The fashion industry made all the right diversity noises in the wake of the BLM protests in 2020, but it shouldn’t stop there. With fashion companies facing pressure from consumers, particularly younger ones, on diversity and sustainability, how and when will the face of fashion change? 

Dheeraj Khanna, current brand management consultant for Robert Barakett, is one of the many designers that are fashion-forward but is kept behind closed doors. Mr. Khanna acknowledges all the changes made in recent years to the fashion industry;   however, he believes that there still needs to be major reforms on the back end of the fashion world, and a voice that speaks up for the face of change. 

  • How major movements have aided the fashion industry to be more inclusive and diverse in the models and the sizing, but growth needs to be made in other parts of the fashion world.
  • Why the time is now to speak up and voice the need for change in all sectors of fashion and why diverse designers can change fashion as we know it.
  • First-hand experience on the ins and outs of what it is like to move up the ladder in the fashion world and be a minority in the business. An amazing accomplished Director who is inspirational.

The Hollywood London Magazine

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