February 2019


On the left Ava DuVernay - photo by Brigitte Lacombe, on the right Theaster Gates - photo by Max McClure

Prada announced that artist and activist Theaster Gates, and award-winning writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay will co-chair Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (“the Council”) to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.

The Council will include the voices of prominent academic and cultural experts from high-level social institutions and will partner with universities and organizations to spearhead internship and apprenticeship initiatives in diverse communities to close the inclusion gap in the fashion industry and work together to sponsor scholarships and training programs in the United States and in every Prada office worldwide.

Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company. […] In addition to amplifying voices of color 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” said Miuccia Prada, Chief Executive Officer and Lead Creative Director at Prada.

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