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The UK is leading in sustainable fashion and in talent, but who is making the decisions and how far are you represented? DCMS and Nesta place ethnic representation in the designer fashion industry at 9%. By 2021 the market will grow a predicted 60% to $368bn worldwide. When the largest groups of consumers in London are Chinese, Middle Eastern and African, and those same demographics are represented also in domicile markets, it begs the question – who exactly is being represented?

To suggest magazines should embrace representation is true. But it’s not as simple as getting the numbers up. It’s about what sells. And accepted wisdom has been that conventional-looking white models are still the most commercial. But are they? Sales of Edward Enninful’s #newvogue have risen 7.5% with a more transparently diverse casting agenda. Diversity on the catwalk was at an all time high at 34% for the SS19 shows. But does any of this go far enough?

To discuss this and more we welcome a panel of experts:

Chair, Tamara Cincik CEO and Founder of Fashion Roundtable 

Tamara has worked as a fashion editor and brand consultant, on magazines such as  i-D, Bazaar, Muse and Vogue, VIP clients and designer brands on advertising campaigns, fashion shows, consultancy and brand design. Uniquely, Tamara has also worked in Westminster as a Parliamentary Researcher. While in Westminster, Tamara organised a series of roundtables for the fashion industry to meet with Parliamentarians, to discuss their key business, creative and consumer concerns around Brexit and future sector growth. Tamara now heads up the secretariat team for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion.

Karen Binns, Fashion Roundtable’s Fashion Expert 

New Yorker Karen Binns has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, beginning her career as muse to legendary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, as well as hosting celebrity downtown NY nights. Integral to 1980’s NYC, with artists such as Andy Warhol and Basquiat, This understanding of popular culture and its currency in our creative, visual and fashion markets is implicit in her work. Karen worked for designer Andre Walker for his Paris catwalk shows for several seasons; she is Creative Director for Tori Amos, as well as a number of international recording artists and celebrities. As a fashion editor, Karen worked for the UK based magazines ‘True’ and ‘Untold’ and as a freelance editor for numerous publications, including ‘Dazed’ and ‘Rolling Stone’, now publishing her own pop art journal ‘What?’ magazine. She has consulted for designers such as Kanye West, Zandra Rhodes, Ashish, Maharishi and Bernard Chandran.

Karen Williams, Celebrity and TV Stylist.

Karen’s clients have included everyone from David Walliams to Beyonce. She was Fashion and Beauty Editor at Mizz magazine at just 21 years old.  Styling some of the biggest acts in the music industry, Karen’s work was soon recognised with the award for Best Fashion and Beauty Editor at the IPC Awards. Karen was also a creative consultant for some High Street fashion chains.  On TV, Karen was a fashion guest judge on TLCs Top Shopper and is now the Fashion host on Ch5 makeover show 100% hotter.

Rahemur Rahman, Menswear Designer 

Rahemur Rahman graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins BA Fashion pathway, he has gone onto have a colourful career in fashion and has helped merge the many industries that work within the sector. In his creative direction he has worked to help bring together the international modest fashion world and western fashion, simultaneously working on styling and creating imagery for fashion brands and using fashion to help promote a more inclusive diverse ideology. Having taken a break from designing he is planning to use the platform of International Fashion Showcase, to relaunch his menswear collection. In this body of work he will not only visually challenge fashion conventions but use this platform to participate in conversations about sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity. Rahemur Rahman endeavours to be a representative in a new era of emerging designers, a strong voice where others cannot be heard, in a world that is sometimes reluctant to listen.

Frederica Boateng, Lecturer, Researcher and Strategist. 

Frederica teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities such as the London College of Fashion, Conde Nast College of Fashion Design and Regents University London. Alongside her academic work, she is the founder of Fashion Business Education an online education and resource platform and the BAME Fashion Network a non-profit organisation supporting BAME fashion professionals thrive within the fashion industry.