Color of Change, IMG’s #ChangeFashion, and Black in Fashion Council have come together to launch what is described as the “first directory focusing on increasing opportunities for Black professionals in the fashion industry.” The #ChangeFashion initiative is a joint effort among Color of Change, IMG, BIFC, and model Joan Smalls.
“Change is up to us. That’s why the BIFC x #ChangeFashion Directory is so critically needed,” Amity Paye, Color of Change senior director of communication, said to WWD. “Not only is this the first-ever resource that can move the fashion industry to actually hire Black people and talent, but this is an example of how Black people can show our power. With this tool we are advocating for true justice and showing what ‘better looks like’ by creating a real solution that can truly diversify the industry.”
The directory currently contains the profiles and resumes of over 300 Black fashion industry professionals ranging from photographers to set designers. The directory is currently only available to companies that have signed on to the #ChangeFashion Roadmap. Companies that sign on to the Roadmap receive plans to help them work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion and get monthly progress reports. The directory is currently available at bifcandcocdirectory.com.