“Black is cool now, but what if in a few years racial equity is not at the top of my employer’s concerns? Will they tell me that I can go now?” Many Black employees believe that the moves companies are taking will not result in permanent change. Black students agreed, saying that Black culture is trendy right now; their view is that brands are trying to capitalize on these trends. These students have real concerns about entering the fashion industry during this moment.
To explore the interactive, see “Voices and viewpoints of fashion students and emerging designers,” July 20, 2021.