Just two days before New York Fashion Week officially begins on Tuesday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and The Model Alliance are partnering to ensure that models have, for the first time ever, a private changing area at shows.
Historically, models have had to get dressed in front of people milling around backstage, whoever they may be, from PR reps to photographers. Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, said in a statement, “Models have raised concerns about invasive photography and lack of privacy while changing clothes backstage at New York Fashion Week. The Model Alliance takes these concerns seriously and we decided to take additional steps this season to ensure a safe and respectful work environment by providing private changing areas backstage.”
Both the CFDA and the Model Alliance have worked with modeling agency IMG and Pier59, a popular fashion week venue, to create the new changing areas. After fashion’s #MeToo moment, where model Cameron Russell started the hashtag #myjobshouldnotincludeabuse and anonymously shared stories of assault and harassment on her feed, the call to action is stronger than it’s ever been.
Obviously, there are other changes that need to happen, considering that most allegations against Mario Testino and Bruce Weber happened in private residences, but this is a small step in the right direction.