How can the fashion industry celebrate everyone? This programme of events explores new, inclusive approaches to fashion, focusing on design which enhances self-esteem and fully reflects diversity. Curated by the Diversity Network, speakers include fashion journalist and broadcaster Caryn Franklin MBE and pioneering designers Teatum Jones.

The Diversity Network is a collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, an initiative challenging the fashion industry’s dependence on unachievable and unhealthy body ideals.

Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University and Robert Gordon University School of Creative and Cultural Business will host a series of public events, all with the goal of creating a healthier culture of communication for the fashion industries. 

  • Caryn Franklin MBE, Professor of Diversity. Image © Laura McCluskey

    Caryn Franklin MBE, Professor of Diversity. Image © Laura McCluskey
  • The ‘world’s oldest supermodel’ Daphne Selfe. Image © Ferry Van Der Nat

    The ‘world’s oldest supermodel’ Daphne Selfe. Image © Ferry Van Der Nat
  • Rwandan design brand Haute Baso, is an ethical fashion brand and a social enterprise that centers on investing in local talent. Image © Haute Baso

     Rwandan design brand Haute Baso, is an ethical fashion brand and a social enterprise that centers on investing in local talent. Image © Haute Baso
  • Fashion model Kelly Knox, a passionate advocate for diversity and disability in fashion. Image © Omkaar Kotedia © Alternative Limb Project

    Fashion model Kelly Knox, a passionate advocate for diversity and disability in fashion.  Image © Omkaar Kotedia © Alternative Limb Project
  • Teatum Jones Spring/Summer 2018 Ready to Wear Collection, London Fashion Week

    Teatum Jones Spring/Summer 2018 Ready to Wear Collection, London Fashion Week
  • Edinburgh College of Art Year 2 Catwalk Collection; 'Fashion and the Muse'

    Edinburgh College of Art Year 2 Catwalk Collection; 'Fashion and the Muse'
  • The ‘world’s oldest supermodel’ Daphne Selfe. Image © Ferry Van Der Nat

    The ‘world’s oldest supermodel’ Daphne Selfe. Image © Ferry Van Der Nat
  • Design by Edinburgh College of Art Graduate, Rachel Weir

    Design by Edinburgh College of Art Graduate, Rachel Weir
  • Rwandan design brand Haute Baso, is an ethical fashion brand and a social enterprise that centers on investing in local talent. Image © Haute Baso

     Rwandan design brand Haute Baso, is an ethical fashion brand and a social enterprise that centers on investing in local talent. Image © Haute Baso
  • Designs by Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Students Aurelie Fontan and Kate McMahon

    Designs by Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Students Aurelie Fontan and Kate McMahon
  • Fashion and style gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Andrew Lee.

    Fashion and style gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Andrew Lee.

Join our programme of events as we celebrate design and diversity.

Caryn Franklin MBE in conversation with Teatum Jones, Haute Baso and the British Council 

Professor of Diversity and renowned fashion commentator Caryn Franklin interviews top London based designers and diversity champions Teatum Jones, Rwandan design brand Haute Baso and the British Council to discuss the ongoing importance for diversity celebration within the global fashion industry.  

Join our drinks reception from 6pm and enjoy a range of activities hosted by Edinburgh College of Art fashion students.

Friday 2 February 

19:00 - 20.30.
Doors open 18:00 for drinks reception.

£10, £8 Members & Conc.

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Advanced Style at Filmhouse

Advanced Style is a documentary examining the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog, this film paints colourful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, ageing, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

Following the screening, Professor of Diversity and renowned fashion commentator Caryn Franklin MBE will be in conversation with Director Lina Plioplyte.

Saturday 3 February

16:00

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

£10, £8 Conc.

Booking available via Filmhouse soon.

Debra Bourne MBE, Co-Founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk in conversation with Ib Kamara and Campbell Addy

Celebrated fashion photographer Campbell Addy and renowned fashion stylist Ib Kamara join award-winning diversity champions All Walks Beyond the Catwalk in a conversation which challenges the fashion industry’s dependence on what they see as limited and unachievable body and beauty ideals.

Monday 5 February

18.30 - 20.00.
Doors open 18:00.

Free, booking required. 

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Mal Burkinshaw in conversation with Emmanuel De Lange, Daphne Selfe and Kelly Knox

Mal Burkinshaw, Director of the Diversity Network in conversation with the ‘world’s oldest supermodel’ Daphne Selfe, Emmanuel De Lange, Head of the Models Network at Equity, and fashion model Kelly Knox, a passionate advocate for diversity and disability in fashion.  

Wednesday 7 February

18.30 - 20.00.
Doors open 18:00.

Free, booking required. 

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Mal Burkinshaw in conversation with The British Fashion Council on Positive Change

Mal Burkinshaw, Director of the Diversity Network discusses the ways in which the British Fashion Council is endorsing a force for positive change and activism within the fashion industry.

Thursday 8 February


18:30 – 20:00
Doors open 18:00.
Free, booking required.

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The Diversity Network Fashion Forum is generously funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and supported by the British Council and the National Museum of Scotland.

   
    
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When

2 Feb - 9 Feb 2018

Where

National Museum of Scotland. Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Lothian Street.

Booking information

Age 14+ 

Book by calling 0300 123 6789, online or in person at any of our museum sites. 

 

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