Centre for Diversity celebrates body images as diverse as society
8th June 2011: The UK is celebrating its diversity, in an all new garb.
The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has come out with a new initiative, “All Walks Beyond the Catwalk Centre for Diversity”. It celebrates a range of body images as diverse as the society you live in.
So if you are a foreigner in the UK, with a body so very different from your British counterparts, look forward to clothes that will present you in a new positive light.
Announcing the launch, the Home Office said a new educational institution, teaching fashion graduates to design clothes for a diverse range of body shapes, has been launched today by the equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone.
Featherstone added: ‘Negative body image cannot be tackled through legislative action. We cannot pin point the blame on one organisation or a particular industry, and with the swift wave of Parliament’s magic wand make the problem disappear.
‘I want to shine a light on initiatives, like the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk Centre for Diversity, that celebrate a range of body images as diverse as the society we live in.’
The Centre for Diversity has been created by All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, an initiative by Erin O’Connor, Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne, that works with influential catwalk designers and top industry creatives to celebrate diversity within the fashion industry.
Speaking at the launch, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk co-founder Caryn Franklin said: ‘We want student fashion designers to be introduced to a realistic range of body shapes during their training process.
‘Diversity can enhance craftsmanship not impede it.’
The Home Office said: `The All Walks Beyond the Catwalk founders sit on the government advisory group on body confidence convened last year, working with equalities minister Lynne Featherstone and other experts to identify ways the issue can be tackled effectively’.