Textile Design student wins place on mentoring scheme to increase diversity in fashion

10 September 2020

Final year BA (Hons) Textile Design student, Elizabeth Forbes, has won the opportunity to take part in Mentoring Matters, a new mentoring scheme established by and for the fashion industry to encourage greater racial diversity within the sector.

Image: Elizabeth Forbes, Floral Drawing, 2020

Max Permain, Supriya Lele, Fran Burns and Nell Kalonji are among the established professionals who will mentor candidates and make an important contribution towards redressing the balance of equality and opportunity within the sector and creating a truly diverse workforce.

Established for candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, Mentoring Matters aims to provide insight, advice and direction into various fashion sector roles, from those in design, styling, photography and casting to set design, marketing and journalism.

Image: Elizabeth Forbes, Self-Portrait, 2020

Elizabeth is committed to establishing a career in the fashion industry. She said: “I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities that the Mentoring Matters scheme offers to connect my print design practice and experience at University with the wider fashion industry and potential career paths.”