The British Fashion Council has today abandoned its plans to ban 'size zero' models from the catwalks of London Fashion Week.
Hilary Riva, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, which organises London Fashion Week, has said in an open letter to the industry that plans for models to obtain a doctor's certificate proving they are in good health are unworkable, after the other major international fashion weeks refused to follow London's lead.
Riva blamed a lack of support from industry bodies in the other fashion capitals, whose fashion weeks are more commercial than London's, leaving the capital in a weak position to fight the change.
The British Fashion Council has called on the modelling industry to take leadership and establish best practice measures.
A spokeswoman for the British Fashion Council said: "The Association of Model Agencies is the natural body to do this and we understand that many model agencies do have health programmes for their models, but it is not standardised. If the AMA took on the leadership, between them they could set best practice and potentially give models access to more general health assessments that can include eating disorder questions."
Doctor's certificates were proposed by the Model Health Inquiry, set up by the BFC and the London Development Agency last year.
Under the plans, models would be required to pay between £250 and £500 for health certificates, which were to be renewed annually. Riva added that some models had felt discriminated against.
Read the MHI Pdf attached (right hand column under Resources) for more information.