Have you ever heard of the ‘Glass Runway‘? While the exact phrase may be foreign, its meaning reverberates down the halls of the fashion industry. The two words describe the phenomenon that while most of the people working in (and buying from) the industry are women, only 14% of major fashion houses are run by them.
This means that despite feeding and loving the fashion industry at both machinist and consumer level, women have limited say in what it ultimately creates.
And while we don’t have immediate solutions to remedy the gender imbalance in fashion (though this McKinsey & Company study points to some) this Women’s History Month we’ve decided to celebrate those who, against the odds, run their own fashion labels.
We spoke to some of the world’s most talented female designers to find out the women who inspired their careers.
Batsheva Hay On Sonia Rykiel