Black Fashion Designers Making Fashion History
"Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like."
The representation of fashion designers coming from different backgrounds has increased and it’s encouraging youth of color to see these careers as viable careers. Seeing women and men disrupting social statues and flipping fashion on it's head is enough to light a fire in our hearts and push us beyond our boundaries.
Designers like Virgil Abloh have done an amazing job influencing standards of beauty, style and design, but the talent doesn’t stop there. Take a look at these three fashion designers who are making fashion history:
No stranger to celebrities and red carpets, LaQuan Smith's collections are made to grab your attention with glamour and sex appeal. He’s outfitted Beyonce, Rihanna and Yeezy models, Shannon and Shannade Clermont, as front row guests at his latest show at New York Fashion Week.
Kerby Jean-Raymond’s dream of a reality where African Americans never experienced racism was brought to life in his spring/summer 2019 collection for NYFW. Even his showcase was held in a historically Black community. As a man of color, he offers a perspective that deeply thought-out and sets the bar high for designers hoping to make it in this fast-paced industry.
One emerging designer who’s pushing the boundaries of menswear is Jamall Osterholms. When it comes to designing clothes he’s all about experimentation and self-expression; basically anything that deviates from the norm. What I find interesting is how he sculpts the clothing and who he chooses to model his clothing. This year he really made his menswear moment into a menswear movement.