conversation – BLACK EXCELLENCE IN FASHION
written by Brandon Broadus
The road to becoming a household name in fashion has never been easy for black designers. The constant scrutiny and marginalization of their works despite centuries of innovation have made contributed to the continued homogenization of the higher rungs of fashion. So we must stand together to boost the signal of those outstanding black fashion designers so that than can continue to inspire generations to come.
Nigerian born designer Mowalola Ogunlesi is one of the world’s foremost perennial talents in the realm of fashion design. Her eponymous label Mowalola offers a refreshingly jarring approach to fashion bucking the status quo with its unconventional silhouettes and gripping fabrics. Not only does the brand push the envelope contextually they also blur the lines of gender normality with its distinct unisex offering. Originally founded in 2017 in london and now sold in some of the best retailers across the globe, mowalola has solidified her place amongst an impressive class of generational contemporary designers.
CFDA Award winning designer Telfar Clemens is a league of his own. The new york bred fashion designer has reinvigorated the American spirit with his namesake label Telfar. A proudly unisex brand since 2005, Telfar has always created the curve that others would follow from a narrow distance. After years of toiling the city streets and shaping underground
A student of several disciplines, Londons own Grace Wales Bonner has created a new world in which we must shift of lens of beauty. Her namesake luxury label Wales Bonner, headquartered in her native London, follows the faintest lines of conventional fashion traditions and blurs through the rest. Originally beginning as a sole menswear label, through increasing global success and high praise from the most esteemed media outlets and retailers in the world Wales Bonner now touts an entire lifestyle offering.