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Why Are Black Fashion Designers Considered "Urban"?

January 29, 2022

I nonetheless bethink back Rihanna's accouterment line, Fenty, won “Urban Luxe Cast of the Year'' at the British Fashion Awards (BFA) in 2019. Known to abounding in the business as the Oscars of fashion, the BFAs bless the movers and shakers of the antecedent year. The "Urban Luxe" class is stated to "redefine new luxe" and about brings fashion into the ability conversation. Recipients of the accolade are "perceived beyond the apple as adorning 'casual' to high-end and directional fashion."

Fenty, a cast beneath affluence amassed LVMH, produces tailor-made jackets, aciculate footwear, corset dresses, and a deluge of added high-end goods crafted in Italy and France. In band with added LVMH brands, like Dior and Louis Vuitton, goods are priced in the bags and agreement abundant construction. With that in mind, conceivably Fenty would accept been bigger ill-fitted for the "Designer of the Year" category. Instead, the panel—made up of 2500 associates from the all-around fashion community—deemed it applicable to actualize an absolute new class to admission Rihanna her flowers.

Rihanna doesn’t accede Fenty an burghal brand, and neither do I. So why was she positioned in this category? Could it be as a result of she’s Black? Unfortunately, Rihanna isn’t the alone Black artist who has accomplished this. Jean-Raymond, the architect of Pyer Moss, expressed frustration back his cast was alleged streetwear. "I aloof appetite to apperceive what’s actuality alleged 'street,' the accouterment or me?" he said. He continues, "The assignment of Black creatives looks to consistently get debilitated in one way or another. We [the new bearing of Black designers] are not accepting accumulation analysis and accumulation classifications to call our assignment anymore—it aloof leads to accumulation dismissal. 'Streetwear' had already declared T-shirt manufacturers and skate-inspired brands, and now it is aloof a apathetic allusion acclimated to call accouterment fabricated by designers that the enactment deems 'less than.'"

The Black association already has a adamantine time accepting a bench at the table—and back we assuredly cull up a chair, we are nonetheless not beheld as equals. It’s the acumen why the phrases “urban” and “Black” accept turn into changeable in contempo years. With the Black Lives Matter Movement and the admiration to amusement and bless Black bodies fairly, why is the fashion business not arrest this issue? 

The Black association already has a adamantine time accepting a bench at the table—and back we assuredly cull up a chair, we are nonetheless not beheld as equals.

It looks the fashion business expects Black designers to turn into acclimatized to this category, that any accumulating they aftermath mechanically locations them here. And that is troubling. With the connected bombarding of pictures and language, the accepted accessible has been accomplished what a high-fashion cast must attending like. They accessory Gucci, Prada, Dior, and others as affluence as a result of that’s the myth the media is banishment on us. 

If the fashion business continues to affectation Black manufacturers as aloof one thing, it abide the alienation. The media has helped advance association to accept a distinct adventure about Black designers, that they are burghal and annihilation more. The crisis of a distinct story, as declared by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, columnist of We Must All Be Feminists, is "when you appearance bodies as one thing, as alone one thing, over and over again, that is what they will become.” This distinct story—that Black manufacturers can alone be "urban"—has disabled added narratives to access the public's mind, and alien a absence position to authority Black brands. Black fashion designers are represented in a academic way.

It looks the fashion business expects Black designers to turn into acclimatized to this category, that any accumulating they aftermath mechanically locations them here. And that is troubling.

This faculty of urban-ness and hip hop ability has been adopted by a deluge of affluence manufacturers adding Fendi, Valentino, Prada, Gucci and more. These manufacturers accept collections of clue pants, puffer coats, trainers, and gold jewelry—further arena into an burghal lifestyle. However, they are hardly anytime referred to as such. Instead, they are adapted by a cash bazaar and accepted for their individuality and quality. Why can’t Black fashion designers accept that aforementioned luxury? Black designers are modern, contemporary, innovative, and inspiring, alone to be alone into one category—urban. 

Correcting the position of accent must be an capital activity account to dismantling systemic racism in the fashion industry. The business can no best say they angle with the Black association and abort to abode the accent obstacles they use to call us. Accurate and advanced illustration can switch the way bodies see themselves and how they apperceive brands. I appetite the fashion business to aggrandize their attenuated mind on Black designers and apprehend Black fashion is added than aloof "urban."