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"Fashion dresses Peace".

The World Congress of Women of Fashion and Design holds an annual event in Monte di Procida, its purpose is to identify new initiatives which are to be undertaken in favor of peace and equality in the world through the instrument/power of Fashion and its main protagonists: WOMEN.
The World Congress of Women of Fashion and Design in 2016, is organized by the African Fashion Gate and Monte di Procida, discussing "Equal opportunities about skin color on the catwalk".

Why should we choose Monte di Procida?
This town has since its remote ages had a maritime tradition among the noblest of history, not only in Italy but also in Europe. The citizens (people) of Monte di Procida were and still are a nation of owners and sailors: their absences, which sometimes lasted around a year created a social class of autonomy, Women made choices, not only in government general issues but those also of the city, and also choices relating to the everyday family running. Women were not only passionate, strong and decisive but also they were "Women of Fashion". “Montesi” women, skilled weavers, embroiderers and designers in the absence of their husbands, they gave vent to their creativity to realised works of art. They took shape of precious collections assembled by renowned finely crafted hand-woven linen, for the trousseau of their children.

The topic of the Congress originates from a social disadvantage discussed from several fashion magazines and more.
An article released in the Business of Fashion on 11th October 2015, wrote about a question much debated in the world of American fashion, the few partecipators relating to the racial diversity of aesthetic models that are seen on the fashion catwalk of shows or on fashion magazines: especially compared to the variety among the fashion customers. In advertising or on the covers of fashion magazines there is still a great prevalence of white models compared to black models, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American, still in the minority although their home town represent an ever increasing market sector.
During the last weeks of fashion, for presentations of fashion creation of the Spring / Summer 2016, Business of Fashion has been monitoring the 117 shows of the biggest brands who took part to fashion show in New York, London, Milan and Paris, they verified that of 3,875 Models, only 797 were not white (therefore the black models, Asian and Latin nonwhite). White models are therefore 79.4 percent of the total and the remainder 10.2 percent are black models, 6.5 percent are Asian, 2.3 percent are Indian or from Middle East, while 1.6 percent are Hispanic-American. The question is similar with regards to the covers of fashion magazines. Considering for example 27 covers of the September editions selected by The Fashion Spot, only 4 have as protagonist a black model. By increasing the search, as did a fashion blogger, on 42 covers only 12 have a black or Asian models.
2007 was an important year for this issue, because the ex black model Bethann Hardison, founder of the association “Diversity Coalition”, who works with fashion institutions to make sure that there is no racial discrimination. She called for a press conference in New York, accusing the fashion industry that they contiune to discriminate against minorities. From that moment, according to Hardison, things changed and several initiatives had been taken, especially by the newspapers, to show that there is no racism in fashion.
The following year, the head editor of Vogue Italy Franca Sozzani, published in the July issue only black models. From some years on the magazine's website there is the VBlack section, which collects items that relate only to models, designers or famous characters of color.
Evaluating from data collected by Business Of Fashion, over the years things would not have changed enough, instead the theme of racial differences in fashion is also about the designers.
In an article last February on the New York Times, Vanessa Friedman wrote that the 470 designers entered in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (the American correspondent of the Chamber of Fashion), only 12 are African-Americans and among the 260 fashion shows organized in one week New York fashion, only 2.7 percent had a black designer and these were represented by designer Tracy Reese and Public School and Hood by Air.
During the last years, however, the increased in the gap between models represented by the fashion houses and the customers who buy from these brands.
According to the US corporation of consultation Bain & Company in the last eight years, the luxury market has grown by about 10 per cent in Asia and the Pacific and the markets that today are growing faster for luxury products are those the Middle East and Africa. On the catwalk and on advertising, however, we see a few black models or from Middle Eastern and with Asian features. This is confirmed by the data on the advertising of luxury products, collected from an article by The Fashion Spot: on 460 advertising considered, almost 85 percent had as white models protagonists.

The World Congress of Women of Fashion and Design holds an annual event in Monte di Procida, its purpose is to identify new initiatives which are to be undertaken in favor of peace and equality in the world through the instrument/power of Fashion and its main protagonists: WOMEN.
The World Congress of Women of Fashion and Design in 2016, is organized by the African Fashion Gate and Monte di Procida, discussing "Equal opportunities about skin color on the catwalk".
Why should we choose Monte di Procida?
This town has since its remote ages had a maritime tradition among the noblest of history, not only in Italy but also in Europe. The citizens (people) of Monte di Procida were and still are a nation of owners and sailors: their absences, which sometimes lasted around a year created a social class of autonomy, Women made choices, not only in government general issues but those also of the city, and also choices relating to the everyday family running. Women were not only passionate, strong and decisive but also they were "Women of Fashion". “Montesi” women, skilled weavers, embroiderers and designers in the absence of their husbands, they gave vent to their creativity to realised works of art. They took shape of precious collections assembled by renowned finely crafted hand-woven linen, for the trousseau of their children.
The topic of the Congress originates from a social disadvantage discussed from several fashion magazines and more.
An article released in the Business of Fashion on 11th October 2015, wrote about a question much debated in the world of American fashion, the few partecipators relating to the racial diversity of aesthetic models that are seen on the fashion catwalk of shows or on fashion magazines: especially compared to the variety among the fashion customers. In advertising or on the covers of fashion magazines there is still a great prevalence of white models compared to black models, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American, still in the minority although their home town represent an ever increasing market sector.
During the last weeks of fashion, for presentations of fashion creation of the Spring / Summer 2016, Business of Fashion has been monitoring the 117 shows of the biggest brands who took part to fashion show in New York, London, Milan and Paris, they verified that of 3,875 Models, only 797 were not white (therefore the black models, Asian and Latin nonwhite). White models are therefore 79.4 percent of the total and the remainder 10.2 percent are black models, 6.5 percent are Asian, 2.3 percent are Indian or from Middle East, while 1.6 percent are Hispanic-American. The question is similar with regards to the covers of fashion magazines. Considering for example 27 covers of the September editions selected by The Fashion Spot, only 4 have as protagonist a black model. By increasing the search, as did a fashion blogger, on 42 covers only 12 have a black or Asian models.
2007 was an important year for this issue, because the ex black model Bethann Hardison, founder of the association “Diversity Coalition”, who works with fashion institutions to make sure that there is no racial discrimination. She called for a press conference in New York, accusing the fashion industry that they contiune to discriminate against minorities. From that moment, according to Hardison, things changed and several initiatives had been taken, especially by the newspapers, to show that there is no racism in fashion.
The following year, the head editor of Vogue Italy Franca Sozzani, published in the July issue only black models. From some years on the magazine's website there is the VBlack section, which collects items that relate only to models, designers or famous characters of color.
Evaluating from data collected by Business Of Fashion, over the years things would not have changed enough, instead the theme of racial differences in fashion is also about the designers.
In an article last February on the New York Times, Vanessa Friedman wrote that the 470 designers entered in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (the American correspondent of the Chamber of Fashion), only 12 are African-Americans and among the 260 fashion shows organized in one week New York fashion, only 2.7 percent had a black designer and these were represented by designer Tracy Reese and Public School and Hood by Air.
During the last years, however, the increased in the gap between models represented by the fashion houses and the customers who buy from these brands.
According to the US corporation of consultation Bain & Company in the last eight years, the luxury market has grown by about 10 per cent in Asia and the Pacific and the markets that today are growing faster for luxury products are those the Middle East and Africa. On the catwalk and on advertising, however, we see a few black models or from Middle Eastern and with Asian features. This is confirmed by the data on the advertising of luxury products, collected from an article by The Fashion Spot: on 460 advertising considered, almost 85 percent had as white models protagonists.

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