2020 has seen a rise in the recognition of Black voices in the fashion industry, something long overdue for many talented Black people who have contributed greatly to the fashion community without the acknowledgment usually garnered by their white counterparts. The Black Design Collective (“BDC”) is one of the organizations working diligently to amplify Black fashion creatives. Committed to developing and implementing programs that provide information and tools to help its members successfully navigate the industry, it was founded by designers Angela Dean, Kevan Hall, Ruth E. Carter and TJ Walker in 2018.
Continuing to further its mission despite the current state of the world, the BDC will host its first virtual event on December 6th. A fundraiser for the BDC's scholarship fund, the event called “Pull Back the Curtain” is a panel discussion featuring designers Kerby Jean-Raymond (Pyer Moss and Reebok) and TJ Walker (Cross Colours), a founder of the BDC. The conversation aims to shed light on the careers of some of the most important black fashion designers over the last three decades.
“Black Design Collective is excited to present an intelligent conversation 30 years in the making. We will take a close look at how TJ Walker of Cross Colours shifted fashion and culture in 1989 that inspired the next generation of Black designers including Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of Pyer Moss in 2016 and Global Creative Director for Reebok in 2020,” said Kevan Hall.
You can purchase your ticket to “Pull Back the Curtain” here.