Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and Erin O'Connor set up their All Walks Beyond The Catwalk initiative with the intention of "[acknowledging] the positive power that fashion can have, when communicating to women about their bodies", Franklin explains. So on Saturday, the fashion scheme met with a nationwide consortium of UK educationalists to consider how the future generations of fashion designers and image makers can approach individuality and inclusiveness within the curriculum.
Professor Wendy Dagworthy, Head of School of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal College of Art agrees that educationalists can make a difference, particularly in collaboration with the All Walks Beyond The Catwalk Forum, which launched on Sunday. "Designers can lead the way in challenging cultural definitions of what is beautiful. College or university can be the first opportunity for a student to process their ideas and challenge the status quo."