Andre Leon Talley has called for more fashion houses to begin supporting Black designers.
The former editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue narrates the upcoming Black Fashion Designers virtual exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and was recently asked during an interview if he thought the industry was doing enough to be more inclusive.
“Global brands including Gucci and Prada have set up initiatives for Black members of the industry to advise them,” he told Harper’s Bazaar. “Gucci was one of the first to have this advisory board that started, I think, about a year ago, which meets regularly to discuss things that are important to the roles of Black talent in the fashion industry.
“That’s very, very significant,” the fashion journalist added.
He also discussed the Activism section of the virtual exhibition, which includes designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s ‘They Have Names’ T-shirt from 2015, that featured the names of 13 unarmed men killed by police.
“That was a very powerful moment to use the T-shirts, because T-shirts are a universal uniform. And they are very, very, very relevant today, because there are people in the streets globally protesting for Black Lives Matter,” Andre explained. “Protesting against the social injustice of the blue murders by policemen of young Black men and women – Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland. They are not wearing high fashion. They are usually in T-shirts.
“The T-shirt is a very important item of clothing: a man, a woman, a child, a teenager, an elder person can walk in protest in the streets in a T-shirt. It’s comfortable, it’s accessible, and it’s affordable,” he added.
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