Gosha Rubchinskiy presented his Fall/Winter 2018 menswear collection in Yekaterinburg, Russia, earlier this month. The show was filled with the designer’s signature sartorial elegance and unorthodox designs, but lacked something else – diversity.
In a list published by the Instagram account @moremodelsofcolor, the Russian designer ended up at the bottom with zero out of 31 models being classified as people of color. Berlin-based GmbH snagged the top spot with 24/28 models being models of color, making it the most diverse show during men’s fashion week. Rubchinskiy’s casting comes at a time when diversity is more important than ever, and as an influential streetwear designer there is an opportunity to create a shift in the already difficult industry. After the list was shared by platforms like SSENSE, users were quick to question Gosha’s casting.
It remains to see whether the designer himself will begin to take diversity into account for his upcoming shows, but it is clear that the need for diversity in the fashion industry has never been more important than now.
The BEST reward of them all is this! And it deserves a post!! I have been waiting for this moment in my life since I’ve started designing. I am on the plane leaving Paris and resting my mind just for a minute. I am looking back at all my projects I ever did referencing exactly all this since the beginning of my career. And FINALLY the dream comes true. We have a voice and it’s been heard and I am literally moved to tears. Let’s change this for once and all together! There is no way back anymore! A huge THANK YOU to all our beautiful models and friends walking us into victory @gmbhofficial and making this come true. You made me the happiest and proudest man of Paris this season. this was only possible because of your beauty !! . . !!!MY BEAUTY OFFENDS YOU!!! . . A big heads up and thank you also to all our fellow designer friends living and believing in diversity. We are one! . . #gmbhofficial #parisfw #fw18