Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of Pyer Moss, knows how to make a fashion statement. Last season, he stunned audiences during New York Fashion Week when models strutted across the stage donning pieces that read “I Can’t Breath” – the last words of Eric Gardner, a Black man who died while in police custody.
For the AW16 presentation, he’s depicting the Black experience in America yet again. But this time, he’s enlisting the help of Erykah Badu.
“Kerby and I were a match made in fashion heaven,” the songstress said. “We share an eye for truth through art. Though risky at times, he stands in his truth. And the strength of that truth lies in the belief of his vision. I’m inspired by the bold statements he makes in this, sometimes, fickle industry.”
The upcoming set will explore “Double Bind,” a term associated with schizophrenia coined by anthropologist George Bateson.
“The black experience in America is the ultimate double bind,” read a statement from the brand. “A place where natural born citizens live an immigrant experience in the only land they’ve known as home. A place where black culture is praised, commodified, and appropriated, while black people are criticised, vilified, and hunted for sport. A certain functional schizophrenia has to exist to cope with the dissonance of having a black man in the White House while a black body lies for four hours in the streets of Ferguson.”
Wow! We’re looking forward to this show. Stay tuned.
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