New studies have shown that a majority of the fashion industry is still run by men. The most recent study being conducted is “The Glass Runway”. “The Glass Runway” is set to be released this week.
According to a 2018 Pret-a-Reporter report, Glamour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are partnering in an extensive study, titled “The Glass Runway,” to investigate gender inequity in the fashion industry, identify areas for improvement and seek out solutions to help create a more equitable workplace for women and men.
This is not the first study to investigate gender inequity in the fashion industry.
According to a 2016 Business of Fashion report, a study surveyed 371 designers helming 313 brands across the four fashion weeks, only 40.2% of designers today are female. Which is in spite of the fact that fashion products are overwhelmingly geared towards women.
“It is time for our industry to look at itself,” said designer Diane von Furstenberg, chairwoman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told Pret-a-Reporter. “We need to create a path to full equality, empower women to rise to the top of the fashion industry and support them and anyone who may be mistreated in the workplace.”
According to a 2018 The Cut report, One-hundred ninety-one fashion companies participated in the survey, spanning retail, creative, and corporate sides. Five-hundred thirty-five people filled it out. Continuing a pattern seen in other industries, the study found that there is very little ambition gap between male and female fashion students and that more fashion students are women at most design schools. However, only 14 percent of major brands are run by a woman.
Some major brands ran by women are Tory Burch, Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC, Miuccia Bianchi Prada is the head Designer of Prada and founder of Miu Miu, and Diane Von Furstenberg, is chairwoman of the CFDA and founder of her fashion company.
Many would say that the lack of woman leaders in the fashion industry is due to gender inequality.
According to a 2018 The Cut report, Between entering the industry and landing in a C-Suite position, the survey found that women faced obstacles including “having a family, sexism, lack of mentorship and confidence, less aggressive pursuit of promotion.” Furthermore, 100 percent of women interviewed about the study (20 people were interviewed) said there was a gender-inequality issue in the industry compared to less than 50 percent of men.
Through “The Glass Runway” study it is said that many solutions have been found.
The study proposes some solutions, including criteria for advancement and flexible schedules according to a 2018 The Cut report. But the goal was more preliminary, according to Von Furstenberg: to “raise awareness and put HR departments on notice.”