Design Can aims to disrupt UK’s “privileged” design industry

The UK design industry “isn’t representative of the society it serves” say the founders of Design Can, a new tool aimed at increasing diversity that launched yesterday. The online resource and campaign offers practical ways to address the lack of diversity in the design industry, as well as a manifesto for change. “At present, the […]

Karoline Vitto’s garments accentuate the fat rolls women are told to hide

This collection of cloth and metal-wire garments by Brazilian fashion designer Karoline Vitto finds beauty in the bulges of flesh that women are encouraged to cover up. Designed as part of her masters degree at London’s Royal College of Art, Vitto’s The Body as Material collection features seven garments that accentuate the rolls and curves […]

Nike introduces plus-size and para-sport mannequins to London store

Nike has redesigned the women’s floor of its flagship shop in London, introducing plus-size and para-sport mannequins for its sportswear displays. The sports brand has created a dedicated space for women on the third floor of its huge Oxford Street store. Mannequins with different body types, including plus size and para-sport mannequins, are intended to better […]

Architects can “play a more prominent role” in creating queer space says Ben Campkin

London’s queer community needs architects and designers to help them create new social spaces, says Ben Campkin, co-author of a report charting the decline of LGBT+ venues across the city. Campkin’s research, carried out with Laura Marshall for the UCL Urban Laboratory, found that London’s LGBT+ venues were fast disappearing – down by 58 per […]

“People are afraid to talk about toxic masculinity” says Orange Culture’s Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal is using fashion to challenge racial and gender stereotypes. Speaking to Dezeen, he says he wants his label Orange Culture to kickstart a global movement for diversity. At the age of just 28, Oke-Lawal has already launched several acclaimed menswear collections. With names like School of Rejects and Quirks Invasion, each […]

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