It looks like times are finally changing for the better, as for the first time in history, catwalk models will be given their own private changing area during the New York Fashion Week shows. This is pretty huge!
“Models have raised concerns about invasive photography and lack of privacy while changing clothes backstage at New York Fashion Week,” Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff said in a statement.
“Models have raised concerns about invasive photography and lack of privacy while changing clothes backstage at New York Fashion Week.”
“The Model Alliance takes these concerns seriously, and we decided to take additional steps this season to ensure a safe and respectful work environment by providing private changing areas backstage.”
The Model Alliance, alongside the CFDA, have worked with IMG and Pier59 Studios to build the changing spaces, although it’s currently unclear what they will look like.
It’s also unclear whether the private changing spaces will be limited to the shows at Pier59 or if they will be mandatory for every show, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
In an open letter, CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg wrote about her desire to “ensure the standards in the fashion industry” are up to date…
“The current climate has been marked by brave women and men and their revelations about an unacceptable culture in politics, sports, and entertainment, as well as in fashion.”
“The current climate has been marked by brave women and men and their revelations about an unacceptable culture in politics, sports, and entertainment, as well as in fashion,” DVF wrote.
“The statement outlines the three main focuses — health, safety, and diversity — of an evolved initiative to ensure the standards in the fashion industry in America are up to date:
“HEALTH – Designers have a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of women and especially young girls in our business, and to send the message that health is always in style.
“SAFETY – We have zero tolerance for unsafe environments and strongly encourage everyone in our industry to report abuse in the workplace.
“DIVERSITY – America is a beautifully diverse country, and our industry should champion this on runways, within companies, and in every aspect of fashion.”
And that’s not all, as the CFDA has provided a clear outline of what can be classed as sexual harassment, referencing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…
“What is sexual harassment? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined sexual harassment in its guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will. If you feel that you were a victim of sexual assault, we urge you to file a police report.”
To find out more about the new rules and regulations, click here.