The world’s oldest working supermodel and a model born with half an arm missing are to take centre stage in a major summit in Scotland aimed at ensuring the fashion industry is more diverse.

Talks, debates and film screenings tackling long-standing body, beauty and ageing ideals and attitudes within the industry will be staged during the week-long programme in Edinburgh.
Leading designers, commentators, models and campaigners will be taking part in the “Fashion Forum: Design For Diversity” series at the National Museum of Scotland.
The summit has been devised by the Diversity Network, which was set up by Edinburgh College of Art and All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, a campaign group which aims to challenge the fashion industry’s “dependence on unachievable and unhealthy” ideals.It is hoped that the programme, which is being funded by the museum, the British Council and the National Museum, will help nurture a “healthier culture of communication” for the industry.

It is being staged at the attraction less than two years after it unveiled a brand new fashion and design gallery featuring designs by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir, Bernat Klein and Alexander McQueen.


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