The College of Fashion and Design | Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Alanna FaireyCommonwealth Fashion Content Editor


Fashion has long had a reputation of elitism and classism, which has created a disconnect with the working class.

According to the 2011 Census from the UK Government website, people from the White ethnic group made up a lower share of those classed as ‘never worked and long-term unemployed’ (at 71.1%) than their share of the general population (86.0%)

According to more recent research and data, a mere 27% of the creative industries workforce comes from a working-class background, compared with 39% of the wider UK workforce.

With few opportunities for creatives from a lower socioeconomic background to gain access to the fashion industry, the Social Mobility Commission in partnership with businesses across the creative industries, has released a new toolkit that aims to widen access to creative industries for people from working class backgrounds.

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