Rethinking the runway: Race in the fashion industry

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6 p.m. Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Auditorium, L105A

Industry insiders explore the barriers and biases that plague the fashion business, from designing to the runway. With so many creative industries grappling with racial disparities, how can fashion catch up?


  • Ebonee Davis, model
  • Bethann Hardison, agent, former model, and CFDA award winner
  • Kimora Lee Simmons, former model and designer for eponymous brand, KLS
  • Julee Wilson, beauty and fashion director, Essence Magazine

"Rethinking the runway: race in the fashion industry” is part one of a three-part series exploring the fashion industry’s take on race, sustainability and activism.

Sponsored by USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) and with generous support from Gabriella and Austin Hearst.

Reception to follow discussion.