We just received this letter from Diane von Furstenberg, who inadvertently had a 15-year-old girl walk in her show last week. We've always admired DVF for her talent and desire to empower women, and we admire her even more for admitting when she's made a mistake.
Dear Colleagues and Designers,
I hope you are all resting from NY Fashion Week and that you are having great results from buyers and press.
As you remember, I sent you all a letter prior to the shows, emphasizing healthy models and diversity, and reminding you of our Health Guidelines.
One of the guidelines, as you know, is not to hire models under 16 in addition to making sure that all of them are properly fed.
Well, it is to my horror, that I discovered last Friday that in spite of me repeating that to my production and casting people, one girl slipped through the cracks. One girl who will be 16 in March walked my show last week!
I was horrified and terribly embarrassed. From now on I will instruct my casting people to demand ID’s. I encourage you to do the same.
Please accept my apology. I am trying to be a good leader and set an example…so please please accept my apology.
Love to you all.
Diane von Furstenberg