Representing the creative future

The Rubric Initiative is determined to make fashion an industry for everyone

Discover the charity that aims to make fashion accessible through mentoring and paid internships

The days that fashion was an exclusive club are over. Right?

At first glance, it seems like fashion post-internet has changed. We can now all watch the shows online, models can get casted on Instagram and designers can sell their clothes online directly to their audiences. All these shifts can make us ignore the fact that fashion is homogenous and accessible only to the few. The privilege of exercising your skills as part of the fashion system is provided to the ones that can afford an education or/and the ability to work for free (a lot!) in order to learn and network in their area of interest. In what way can we break this system and make this industry truly diverse? A new charity called Rubric Initiative builds the way to a more equal system through mentorships and financial support for paid internships.

The Rubric manifesto is clear, “The financial pressures and racial disparities that exist within an industry with a high barrier to entry need to be addressed.” By working with leading fashion figures such as Adesuwa Aighewi, Agata Belcen, Alexander Fury, Briana Capozzi, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Emma-Hope Allwood, Emma Wyman, Hanna Moon, Isabella Burley, Olivia Singer, Julia Sarr-Jamois, Katie Grand, Raven Smith, Virgin Abloh, and many more, the Rubric Initiative’s first step is to share the knowledge of how the industry is run from shoot production to assisting a fashion stylist, putting forward lesser-known roles in image-making.

“Education is key: we want to ensure that everyone enters the industry on even footing, understanding what each potential job entails and how to do it best, as well as how to recognise and stand against unacceptable behavior.” -Rubric Initiative.

The project is separated into three categories:

  • Digital Resources: Youtube video panels, Youtube conversations focusing on the practical side of the industry, Group Zoom seminars, and podcast interview series.
  • Mentorship and workshops: 6-month, 1-to-1 mentorship programmes in collaboration with Mentoring Matters as well as additional opportunities such as writing workshops and seminars.
  • Financial Support: Supporting living-wage paid internships and apprenticeships as well as offering studio space and equipment for Rubric student access.

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