New York – The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a prestigious fashion school in New York, commissioned an investigation into a parade it organized this month and was heavily criticized for including supposedly racist elements.
In the parade, which took place on February 7, coinciding with New York Fashion Week, several models wore huge plastic lips and monkey ears, an outfit that has been denounced for remembering the racist cartoons of African Americans who in their day they were popular in the United States.
In a message released this Friday, the president of the institution, Joyce Brown, explained that the investigations will be carried out by an external firm that will be in charge of making an independent analysis of the incident and how it happened.RELATED
Two senior officials involved in the organization of the parade were temporarily removed from their positions pending the results of the investigation.
“This moment, for us, is not to close a chapter and let the wounds heal. It is the principle of accountability. And we cannot expect our community to trust us without a complete examination of how this happened,” he said. Brown
The president of the school asked to leave aside for now the role of Junkai Huang, the young designer whose collection was shown in the parade, because everything indicates that he was not seeking any provocation and that the controversial styling was not his initiative.
“For us that indicates that those in charge and responsible for supervising the show were not able to see or anticipate the racist references and cultural insensibilities that were obvious to almost everyone. That is inexcusable and irresponsible,” Brown said.
The head of the FIT also announced that she will send personal apologies to the models who participated in the parade and, especially, to Amy Lefévre, a black model who refused to wear that outfit and paraded without him.