11 Jul PYER MOSS | fall 2021 couture
Pyer Moss. Couture. Unimaginable. Historic. The future.
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the first Black American designer invited by France’s Chambre Syndicale to show on the Haute Couture Week. The excitement is similar to watching fashion videos with Stephen Burroes another black designer of his times showing at the Battle of Versailles (the historic fashion show held on November 28, 1973, in the Palace of Versailles to raise money for its restoration).
It is eight years since Pyer Moss was founded, the label has become known for staging powerful shows. Black. Everything. We are here to witness the future and we are grateful.
He designs collections that not only speak to technical skill as a designer, but also engaging the moment: racial themes with verve and nuance, and celebrate the beauty of Black culture.
The weather cleared yesterday after torrential New York rains and Kerby was eventually able to put on his statement-making couture show. It was a complete celebration of Black innovation. Entitled ‘WAT U IZ’. Staged Villa Lewaro, the Hudson River estate of America’s first female self-made millionaire and beauty mogul Madam C.J. Walker.
This is what we live for. Homages in case you were confused were created by Black inventors (think: peanut butter, gas masks, the three-light traffic light). Say no more. Black lives continue to matter.