The Rubric Initiative’s aim is to make industry changes in three tangible ways. Firstly, through its Digital Resources, which includes video panels, practical advice, podcasts and group Zoom seminars. Secondly, through its mentoring programmes, which comes in the form of six-month, one-to-one sessions. And finally, through financial support, with plans to support living-wage internships and apprenticeships.
“Fashion is a historically homogenous industry,” explain the organisers, in an official statement. “But we believe that the different perspectives introduced by different experiences only enhance the creative conversation. In 2020, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds remain disproportionately underrepresented in our arena.”
“Without making an active effort to encourage and support those who have long been marginalised, the status quo will remain the same. It’s time for change.”