Prada has launched a diversity council with the aim of “elevating voices of colour within the company and the fashion industry".
The luxury label's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council will be co-chaired by director, producer and writer Ava DuVernay, alongside artist and activist Theaster Gates. It comes just months after the Italian fashion house was accused of creating racist figurines, which it eventually pulled from shelves after online backlash.
"Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company," head designer Miuccia Prada said in a statement. "In addition to amplifying voices of colour within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals."
The initiative will also work towards greater inclusion within the industry, partnering with universities and offering sponsored internships.
Prada follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which last week announced it would be setting an inclusion scheme after being embroiled in its own 'blackface' backlash over the design of a balaclava jumper. The jumper has since been removed from sale. Gucci's Alessandro Michele said it was important for the brand to "take full accountability" for the effect of the jumper, adding racism was never his intention.