Still Whitewashed? A Look at Black Influence During Fashion Week

There’s a well-dressed elephant in the room for any person of color attending Fashion Week. No matter how beautiful the models or exquisite the clothes, the question remains: Are Black people being represented in these collections? Many times, that answer is negative.

Purveyors of style are hard-pressed to see a model of color grace the catwalk. It’s even less likely that the designs presented are the brainchild of Black artisans. Among the rows of spectators privileged enough to view a collection at its debut, it’s a rarity to see a group of black or brown faces. Much has been said about the whitewash at Fashion Week, but years later, progress remains elusive.