In our anti-racist journey, we understand the need to articulate actions and groups aimed at the racial debate and agenda in the fashion industry. Then, in November 2020, the RACIAL COMMITTEE, composed of black people from our network from north to south of Brazil. Viviana Santiago*, a specialist in gender and race, guided the creation of the space and highlights how "implementing a race committee allows Fashion Revolution Brazil to be always reminded of the urgency, importance and non-negotiability of the racial issues to promote a revolution in fashion." After all, the connections between fashion and race are manifold.
Taya Nicaccio, a member of the Committee, points out that many of these relations occur through racism, the dominant structure of social relations. "Race and fashion have always walked side by side, under a standardised look that skew towards Eurocentrism. This is one of the main reasons why we do not see black people and native peoples being presented as authors of their own narratives and references in spaces belonging to fashion," she points out.
Considering the current reality of the fashion industry, with low levels of presence, belonging and financial emancipation of racialised professionals and minority groups in the Brazilian fashion sector, and believing in our potential
to contribute to the process of revolution in fashion, we expanded our scope and embraced, in addition to black, indigenous and non-white people, also LGBTQIAPN+ people, people with disabilities and other minority groups.
Thus, close to completing two years of existence, the committee is now called the Racial and Diversity Committee Fashion Revolution Brazil. Follow the people who are part of the Committee and our anti-racist journey to revolutionise fashion: @fash_rev_brasil.
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Ana Fernanda Souza
Racial and Diversity Committee Coordinator
“We are building the Racial and Diversity Committee Fashion Revolution Brazil based on the principle of circularity, an evolutionary idea of Afro-Indigenous origin, where, like the geometric figure, the beginning and the end meet. A cyclical and non-linear conception that promotes the interaction between the participating subjects, valuing the individual capacity of each one, in order to flow the cultural plurality and encourage all participants to feel a fundamental part of this evolution”.
Find out more about the Committee, read our article published on the Fashion Revolution Brasil blog on the Carta Capital website: “The urgency of racial equality and diversity in the fashion industry”
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