Rubric initiative is an organisation dedicated to making change in the fashion industry by addressing its barriers to entry. We are working with leading industry figures to create educational resources and mentorship programmes, arranging outreach initiatives and paid internship placements, and by promoting transparent dialogues about race, class and gender in the creative fields.
Fashion is a historically homogenous industry – but we believe that the different perspectives introduced by different experiences only enhance the creative conversation. In 2020, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds remain disproportionately underrepresented in our arena. To make a change, we need to speak to a new generation – those for whom the fashion industry often appears impenetrable.
The financial pressures and racial disparities that exist within an industry with a high barrier to entry need to be addressed. Without making an active effort to encourage and support those who have long been marginalised, the status quo will remain the same. It’s time for change.