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Prada Taps Theaster Gates, Ava DuVernay to Co-Chair Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

MILAN — Prada is not taking any chances and has turned to two major personalities and activists “to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.”
The fashion house revealed Wednesday that artist and activist Theaster Gates and award-winning writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay will co-chair the Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company,” said Miuccia Prada, co-chief executive officer with her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, and lead creative director of the luxury brand. “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 longtime 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.”
The designer last month approached the subject of cultural appropriation and freedom of speech — and of thought — after recent accusations of racism against the brand, which her company has vehemently denied.
In December, Prada faced online accusations that animal-like figurines and charms in

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