Fashion and International Women’s Day have always had a connection. The idea for IWD was born in 1909 when women gathered in New York City to honour garment workers who had gone on strike over pay and conditions one year earlier.
Now, more than a century later, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of woman and call for equality and empowerment – and fashion has a role to play here too.
We know that Fast Fashion Is A Feminist Issue, and the empowerment of female garment workers is still a key concern for the industry. But what about the brands themselves? What are they doing to celebrate, uplift and empower women from all walks of life?
While there’s still some work to be done, ‘woke’ fashion is now much more than just a passing trend. Diversity and representation are now mainstream ideas. Some examples of the fashion world embracing diversity, include 97-year-old style icon Iris Apfel recently signing a new modelling contract and cancer survivor and amputee Mama Caxx (below) making her stunning debut appearance on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.
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Thank you @chromat + team for allowing me to grace your runway once more. Thanks to everyone who oiled me 😂- Such an amazing show , the collection explores human’s contribution to the destruction of our planet. A collection made with recycled plastic bottles, discarded fishnets and upcycled fabrics. Diversity and inclusion has always been the root of Chromat now taking a bigger step towards sustainable fashion. . I could have sworn I was smiling but apparently I was focusing on not falling but I did spot @missjulee in the crowd and even winked at her. So happy I got to see @jillianmercado @chellaman @maryvbenoit @denisebidot after the show.☺️😚😚 . Thanks for the love and support y’all 📷 : @voguerunway . #abishcantevenwalkyettheygotherwalkingtherunway #callmebambi #beckywiththeoneleg ____________________________________________
At Good On You, we’re celebrating all women on March the 8th, so without further ado, here are some top ethical brands that pride themselves on featuring different races, sizes and cultures in their models and editorials: