‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’ continue their battle for the bigger picture, educating the early adopting students at graduate fashion week in the varying shades of beauty.
During graduate fashion week All Walks co-founders Caryn Franklin, Deborah Bourne and campaign supporter MP Lynne Featherstone came together with heads of fashion departments from various universities to discuss diversity and the changing face of beauty. The conversation highlighted the progressive steps already taken by universities and drummed the consistent message that the only way attitudes can change is by working from the inside out.
Their work so far has incited an All Walks Centre of Diversity in Edinburgh College, where students are studying diversity as a compulsory module. The SNAPPED spring/summer 2011 campaign shot by Rankin last season featured models whose looks went ‘against’ convention, proving that women from all walks of life can still pull in the fashion heavyweights, (which for the shoot included Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and Stella McCartney.) As former Fashion Editor of i-D, Caryn told us “i-D is why I’m here!” emphasising the ethos we have tried to promote since the magazine’s infancy of pushing individuality over conformity/ originate, don’t imitate.