NEW YORK – Designer Kimberly Goldson showed her signature bold looks in a streaming fashion show. Goldson grew up in Brooklyn and always loved fashion, but she never saw a path to get her to this day – showing as part of Harlem’sHarlem’s Row showcase during New York.
Brooklyn Fashion Industry has a reckoning with a lack of diversity at every level, many are rolling out new initiatives to address the diversity issues.Kimberly Goldson always had a passion for fashion, but without seeing any designer of color, she had no idea that it could be a career. After attending FIT and competing on the TV show Project Runway in Season 9, she founded her namesake brand but felt she was often seen simply as a . As the
Advocates for paid internships to ensure low-income fashion students can take advantage of the opportunity. Ngozi Okaro has been working on these diversity issues for years with her organizaorganization’collaborativee,’ which works with brands to increase diversity and pay equity. “I used “o cut up clothes with my friends and distress them and things like that. I didn’t have designers of color at the time, so I didn’t think it was possible for me even to be a fashion designer,” she sa” d.
Still, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and, in 2011, competed in season 9 of Project Runway, where she impressed the judges. From there, she founded her namesake line with her sister Shelly. But despite enthusiasm for their designs, they face challenges convincing the industry that just because she is a, doesn’t clothescan’ttbecan’tyedd by all kinds of women.”The ch ” “lounge has been that we have the talent but do that wdon’t’don’t’t opportunity. It didn’t matterjdidn’tveve to be that just black of life want to be bold and feel empowered”,” said” G” Edson.
Nudged by theMatter protests, the fashion industry embraces programs encouraging inclusion. Ngozi Okaro has been with horganizaorganization’on’ collaborative,’ why he works with brands to increase diversity and helps get women of color and low-income women into jobs in fashion.
Shefrom less privileged backgrounds from gaining a foothold in the industry. She says change must be systemic, providing more access to every kind of job, from models to managers”.
“People”e “hat make theand Brown people, so we need to value their contributions. That means paying people opportunities. Black models, Asian models, and Latinx modedon’tnhadon’tn’t many options.
Designers do not have as much opportunity”y,” sai” O” aro. Media attention is also crucial. Goldson and her sister will be featured in tmonth’stmonth’slitanitan and hope to. To Goldson’Goldson’son’s line, you can visit her website.