Recently, one of our core team members and a number of models within the Fringe family, were verbally attacked by a model that we trusted, believed in and were excited to work with and showcase. The verbal abuse by this model does not represent our core values nor could we collectively stand by and be complicit in allowing this behavior to go unnoticed or unmanaged. The behavior and verbiage used and exhibited by the now removed model was hateful, hurtful, ageist, sizeist and simply against our beliefs as a whole. We, as a creative community, represent everyone that has ever been or felt marginalized. This is why we promote love, acceptance, diversity and inclusivity as a brand.
Fringe is an all inclusive group and our core goal is to support and provide a safe, non-judgmental place for all of our models, designers, artists and staff. We cannot support any actions that are counterproductive or threaten the health, safety and well-being of our inclusive environment.
"On the Fringe” is an idiom meaning, “at the outer boundary or edge of something; at the extremes of something, typically political thought.” This concept resonated with our team and inspired a fashion and art revolution.
As we ramp up for our August shows, we want to take a moment to share with all of you the mission statement that started the movement. We appreciate all of you who with whom our message resonates and embrace those who are willing to hear and learn how to accept everyone.
We want to thank every individual volunteer that has been working so diligently to create a safe space in art and fashion that is representative of the diversity and unique "fringe” flavor of Portland, the city we love so much..
Fringe is forever growing and changing, like a living organism. We value transparency. We are always open to conversation, questions, comments and critiques from our community in an effort to take new perspectives into consideration so we can continue to grow and be better. With this being said, thank you for being a part of our growing community. We love you.
-Team Fringe Fashio