Using bold and unapologetic digital illustration techniques, Belen Cao created otherworldly portraits of extravagant – very fashion – drag characters for DiversityNOW 2016. Belen’s entry is about opening our minds to different forms of cultural, broadening our perceptions of beauty and freedom from societal restraints. The opulence and exaggeration of colour and form are excessively [...]
Josephine Cowell’s DiversityNOW 2016 entry is about exploring an orgasmic contrast of comfort, fetish, sexualisation and exposure. Through plush, soft and comforting textures, Cowell’s experimental knitwear design pushes the boundaries of sexuality and sensuality. Although Cowell’s designs were a very personal, cathartic experience it resonates with a wide audience having been shortlisted to the final [...]
Probing the minds of the next generation of creatives we continue our series by talking to Alanna Hilton about her immersive and impactful DiversityNOW 2016 entry. Hilton’s work is a concept that holds deep roots within our psychology and our society, the expiration of beauty and therefore value of women. The de-commodification of women’s bodies [...]
Racism in the fashion industry is a ridiculous concept in the 21st century. Except, here we are. Calling out our industry, one sassy pun, at a time, DiversityNOW entrant, Zahra Suleman from Ravensbourne, takes a leaf out of the medical model for addressing sickness by crating a first aid kit to address current model casting
Inspired by Jennie Livingston’s cult documentary ‘Paris is Burning’, that captured the eclectic New York drag ball culture of the 1980s, undergraduate styling entrant Tess Pisani at Isituto Marangoni, created a wealth of imagery for DiveristyNOW 2016. She shows us that every folk has their different stroke.
Stella McCartney is ramping up to a fresh campaign for her brand new fragrance POP, and has been drip-feeding us her new ambassadors, and forging a new, more diverse girl gang.
Marc Jacobs captures the spirit of Instagram and his archive of influencers in his indulgently diverse SS’16 campaign.
Beth Ditto is an icon of girl power and body positivity (read: not giving a shit) and a firm fashion favourite. Long time collaborator with Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gautier, Ditto has ventured out on her own to design and deliver a curvy collection that refuses to quit.
Education is at the heart of All Walks’ campaign, inspiring and supporting fashion students to a more enlightened way of thinking. Last year our national student initiative #DiversityNOW worked with over thirty fashion universities and colleges. We talk to CSM undergraduate Moss Omey about her final collection, that focuses on changing the misconceptions about petite clothing.
Whilst Oscar nominees demonstrate a need for highlighting improved examination of film diversity, we take a review on recent causes to celebrate diversity in fashion.
SHORTLIST Announcement After a spectacular increase in entries for our Diversity NOW! Initiative, in association with i-D Magazine and supported by Arts Thread and Graduate Fashion Week, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is delighted to announce our 50 shortlisted students picked from the work of 37 colleges and universities across the UK. This time, after [...]