Female Fashion Designers Are Still in the Minority

date:10.09.2016 by:YDLFN News Team,

Female Fashion Designers Are Still in the Minority

date: 09.09.2016 by: Diana Arhir via businessoffashion.com, image credits with courtesy of the businessoffashion.com

 

 

 

Gender parity is an elusive goal for many industries and fashion is no exception, with men disproportionately dominating top roles across all areas of business. It is a particularly ironic state of affairs for an industry where women make up the overwhelming majority of the consumer base. Despite the recent trend for gender neutrality on the catwalk, behind the scenes female designers are still outnumbered. For the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week season, which kicked off with New York Fashion Week this Thursday, BoF has analysed the womenswear brands showing across New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Our findings show that there are more male designers creating clothing for women than there are women.

Of the 371 designers helming the 313 brands surveyed by BoF across the four fashion weeks, only 40.2 percent are female. This gender imbalance is not equally weighted across the different cities either. New York and London, where the fashion week schedule skews to younger, more emerging brands, have the highest proportion of female designers, with women accounting for 47.3 percent and 40.5 percent of designers respectively. Paris and Milan, often considered the most traditional fashion weeks, where many of the oldest and most prestigious brands show, have the lowest proportion of female designers. At Paris Fashion Week, 37 percent of designers are female, while Milan is the least gender diverse city, with women accounting for just 31 percent of designers. “Women unfortunately are still seen as a minority,” says Julie de Libran, artistic director of Sonia Rykiel. “Even if certain fashion houses were created by women at their time, today they often have creative leaders that are men.”

Indeed, women are even less well represented amongst the most established fashion houses. Prior to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment as artistic director at Dior this June, just three of LVMH’s 15 fashion and luxury brands were headed by female designers: Phoebe Philo at Céline, Carol Lim at Kenzo and Florence Torrens at Thomas Pink. (Danielle Sherman stepped down from her role as creative director of Edun in May this year.) Amongst Kering’s luxury fashion brands, Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen are the only two leading female designers.

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