All Walks has really enjoyed working with enlightened educationalists. We thank them all for inviting us into their world. We have used some of the amazing results of LIVE student projects to launch the national student competition Diversity NOW!
We are now excitedly processing the entries and finalists will be announced in April by i-D Magazine Online. Winning Students will be named at Graduate Fashion Week in June.
Feedback for Diversity NOW!
Diversity NOW! is creatively and commercially vital – and a unique opportunity for design students. Constructing an identity is one of the responsibilities of design while also being a creative catalyst that encourages student innovation.
Diversity NOW! brings the customer into the designers’ focus, either through the personification of design or catering to individual desire at the same time as addressing real, practical needs. My students enthusiasm for this project is reflected in their brilliant work and I’m proud that we at London College of Fashion have this platform to express our passion for identity.
Homogeneity is almost a by-word for our modern times, but the door to the new is wide open. I encourage everyone who can to take part in this wonderful competition and embark on what will undoubtedly be an enlightening process.
Rob Phillips, Creative Director, London College of Fashion
We are going to embed Diversity NOW! every year as it really opened our eyes in relation to how little the students of this generation had thought about diversity and body image before. They tend to focus on the size zero debate at school rather than self-acceptance and diversity as a whole.
We also find there’s a lack of critical thinking generally nowadays so this project has really helped address that and I think it’s been useful for the students who lack confidence. One of them commented that she thought it was only her that felt a certain way but after discussing some of these topic areas, she realised that everyone feels the same which in turn made her feel happier about herself. Bob Hurling, the behavioural psychologist, really opened their eyes to self-acceptance – a lot of them commented that doing this All Walks cluster of projects was like having therapy!
Sarah Lewington, Principal Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, Nottingham Trent University
Feedback for All Walks lectures
‘Thank you so much for inspiring our students to consider that a more caring and inclusive fashion industry is a possibility – and that they have the power to implement change. Thanks to All Walks, Diversity in fashion is now a hot topic of conversation amongst our entire cohort and is informing decisions about garment design, fashion photography, fashion illustration and how our end-of-year fashion show can be organised to include a greater diversity of body-types.’
Carol Ryder, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design, Liverpool John Moores University.
The All Walks lecture was incredible, inspirational, hard hitting and thought provoking. Those thoughts have been echoed by the lecturers who attended and the students feedback has been amazing. Everyone feels fired up about the project and the subject matter in general.
Elena Kate Gifford, UCLAN
“I cannot thank you enough for your inspiring and insightful lecture. Our students have been buzzing all week about it; better yet, many of our MA students have changed their thesis projects to focus on diversity issues because they were so excited by your lecture.
You encouraged them to think about topics that they never previously considered. The faculty was equally thrilled, and felt
motivated by the ideas and perspectives that you shared.“
Ben Barry, MPhil, PhD, Chair, Toronto Fashion Incubator, Assistant Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Fashion, Ryerson University, Toronto
“Phenomenal presentation. Truly brilliant – dynamic, inspiring, thought-provoking. Created a huge buzz amongst the students.”
Elizabeth Tomos, Fine Art Contemporary Practice Course Leader & Critical & Contextual Studies Lecturer, Camarthanshire College
Caryn did her first ever Skype presentation with us. (A first for us too!) Caryn’s words and questions about the fashion industry really make you think and question the messages that the media portrays and how we as educators can help to change the perceptions of the designers of the future. This has been a fantastic way to kick of the Diversity NOW! project and I can’t wait to see the results!
Jamie Louise Hawkins Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Fashion: Apparel Design and Construction Programme Co-ordinator for Work Based Learning Pathway in Fashion Level 2 & 3 Camarthanshire College
All Walks is a vital call out for us all to stand by our values, design and communicate by our values and to show how the influence of fashion creates culture change – towards diversity, identity and positivity – isn’t that what we want our work to be known for?
What a great opportunity it is for us to be able to respond to that call with a resounding array of possibilities. This can’t stop here – it must be embedded throughout the curriculum – thank you All Walks for catalysing us to do just that.
Dilys Williams Director Centre for Sustainable Fashion University of the Arts London
A very powerful and truly inspirational presentation, motivating people to look beyond what they have been brought up to believe is the ‘ideal’. All walks encourages people to open their eyes to the real world and real people and I think this campaign will do no end of good in improving the industry’s reputation and people’s lives for the better. Thank you!
Mair-Louise Rudd BA2 Fashion Apparel Design and Construction, Coleg Sir Gar
Thank-you Caryn for inspiring our students and tutors!
Your lecture included imagery and provoked questions that made the issue of Diversity a real subject that has to be addressed through all the assignments our students do. Your method and choice of delivery made the topic exciting and most of all consolidated the relevance of All Walks into the projects we do.
Sarah Clark | ED Fashion & Clothing Gloucestershire College
Caryn came to talk to our first year students last year. They are very excited to be working on the Diversity NOW! competition and they all stuck their hands up yesterday when I asked who had been to the lecture last year!
I also attended the talk at Graduate Fashion Week too. This was great because I was really inspired by all the other academics engaging with All Walks. This has led me to embed the whole ethos more into my current module.
Sarah Lewington BA(Hons) Fashion, Communication and Promotion. Nottingham Trent University
This presentation gently provokes and questions the prevailing paradigms associated with the framework through which we view and receive fashion. It is very relevant if the fashion system is to evolve
Jinny Stephen Cran, Head of Department Fashion and Textiles – Glasgow School of Art
The BA ( Hons) Fashion Studies Course here at the Arts University College has been a supporter of the All Walks philosophy for over 2 years. We have had the opportunity to rewrite the Course Curriculum and make ” All Walks” integral to the content of what we do. This year has been our most successful with a ‘ LIVE Project’ which will conclude with a professional photo shoot working with mature model Valerie Pain.
The students are truly engaged with the opportunity to question existing practices in the Fashion Industry and to celebrate beauty in all it’s forms. It’s now much more than them having ‘ permission’ to design for a more diverse market… they are choosing to lead the way with confidence and commitment.
Finally, the All Walks philosophy is not a trend or passing phase, be sure it is here for good!’
Anne Chaisty, Course Leader, Womenswear – Arts University College, Bournemouth
This was one of the best lectures that I have ever heard. Caryn and her colleagues Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor are all highly respected professionals in the fashion industry, and what was particularly inspiring about Caryn was the ease with which she moved from design, to image-making, to marketing and advertising and extending all beyond the conventional remit into the broader area of culture – and the way we are presented and the way we see ourselves.
It is sadly all too rare for fashion students now to look into the specifics of representation and the language that it can speak. Her exploration of body image, size, age and colour, each intelligently illustrated with images, connected with the students in a way that they have not experienced before. Rather than working within the framework of received opinions, Caryn encouraged the students to challenge them, to find their own voice and to change the status quo. Open-minded, fair and brilliantly controversial, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk should be prescribed not only to students but many players in the fashion industry, many of whom who are lazy, unoriginal and sticking to the eternal bottom-line in terms of sizing, imagery, colour and age. The last person to challenge this in the fashion world was Lee Alexander McQueen, who constantly questioned conventional ideas of beauty. He won British Designer of the Year three times …
Judith Watt, Course Director, MA Fashion Journalism – Kingston University Design School
The UCA Fashion Journalism students were so inspired by the All Walks project, they’re already planning to take the campaign to LFW later this year, and want to continue to promote diversity online. They even mentioned the possibility of going into schools to talk to younger girls about the pressures they face.
Students today live in a very diverse society, they want to see that reflected on the catwalks and on the pages of glossy fashion magazines. The narrow perspective they’re given doesn’t represent their reality.
Working with Mal Burkinshaw and his Fashion Design students at the All Walks Centre for Diversity was such a positive, rewarding experience. Mal has some excellent ideas – I would love to create a Language Lab at UCA and really get the journalism students to think about the words we use to describe the female body, what’s acceptable and what’s not.
Alyson Walsh, Senior Lecturer Fashion Journalism – UCA Epsom
The new figure for fashion is defiantly emerging from Plymouth College of Art fashion degree students. As models are beginning to have fittings and toiles are getting adjusted the impact from All Walks Beyond the Catwalk lecture is becoming a reality. Models of all sizes, shapes and colours will be showcasing the student collections this summer and finally designing for actual people has become a reality. Thanks Caryn for helping us break them break the stereo typing moulds and templates.
Brigitte Stockton, HEFashion Programme Leader – Plymouth College of Art
The benefits of All Walks can only be truly appreciated by taking part. Caryn and Debra are both inspirational and well informed speakers who energise the students. We are currently putting the finishing touches to the website and films we have been inspired to make to promote the work of All Walks as part of our LIVE project. I would encourage all institutions to take part.
Iain Bromley, BA Fashion Promotion Pathway Tutor -Ravensbourne
Many thanks again for the brilliant lecture it has made a huge impact on student thinking!!!
Fashion design students at Leeds enthusiastically embraced the initiative by “All Walks Beyond The Catwalk” during an extra curriculum styling project for the launch of the M&S Company Archive in March 2012. Students groups were provided with £100 to purchase vintage M&S garments and accessories from eBay or charity shops.
Acknowledging the All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, initiative, final year students sourced a ‘real person’ to model in the photoshoot. Models age ranged from 20 to 86 and in a variety of sizes. Students also worked in partnership with the creative team from Vidal Sassoon, Leeds, to create the hair styles for the shoot.
Final year fashion students at Leeds University are also planning the end of year show in June and are casting a diverse range of “real people and models”.
David Backhouse M Des RCA, Fashion Design Programme Leader -School of Design University of Leeds
The problems ‘All Walks’ is trying to address are so fundamental to the Fashion Industry. For our students – who are up and coming designers and fashion promoters – to be informed, educated and enlightened about this issue is essential as it takes something like this All Walks initiative, to initiate a sea change.
Matthew Gill, Lecturer in Fashion, Management, Marketing and Communication – Nottingham University
Caryn gave our students an inspirational presentation of the All Walks campaign today. There will be much discussion in Hartlepool for the next few weeks as students start working on their linked projects. Our students came away highly motivated and Caryn empowered them as the next generation of designers to act to change the beauty ideal. What a fantastic start to a project. Thank you.
Lynne Hugill - Cleveland College of Art & Design
It is rare to see a full lecture theatre so thoroughly engrossed!
This was a topical and thought-provoking talk, which had the students buzzing as they left the room.They continued to discuss and debate for days afterwards.
Karen Cross Course, Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Management – The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen