MILAN (AP) – The digital flying show of five Italian fashion designers of African descent opens Wednesday at Milan Fashion Week, the tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Italian designer belonging to the Milan Fashion Palace.
After some initial resistance and a slow start, designer Stella Jeanne assures the Italian National Chamber of Fashion of “very goodwill” by promoting expanded collaboration with five young designers, including funding and collaboration with Italian suppliers.
“When you want to do something, you can do it right away,” said Jean, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matters in Matters in Italian Fashion campaign. “I have worked hard to overcome this step, which is part of the mindset of a certain part of the Italian fashion world.”
He launched the campaign with designer Edward Buchanan և Afro Fashion Week Milano founder Michel Ngomo after fashion houses expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matters movement on Instagram, demanding that they follow in the footsteps of their social media promises. When Jean Orgio Armani invited him to perform at his theater, Jean-Anne said that focusing on Italians of African descent could fight one of the first obstacles to the campaign. He claims that there are no designers in Italy.
Collaboration with the Italian Fashion Council will continue in September, when five new designers from Italy’s minority communities will be introduced during Fashion Week. And Jean Ann also creates an event with the participation of designers and craftsmen from Africa, which aims to create a collaboration between Italian fashion houses that can learn sustainable production techniques for training in the world fashion system.
“You are talking about stability, nausea, what I see is nothing but stability, believe me. “In the countries where I work, people work 99% sustainable, out of necessity, constraint or desire,” said Jean Ann.
Jeanne also works on the basis of African handicrafts, textiles, motifs and other cultural references. The Italian-Haitian designer sees the move as a bulwark against cultural assimilation that does not benefit Africans economically – a way to prevent racist gaffes.
Valerie Steele, director of the Museum of Technology at the Institute of Fashion, says many of Jeanne’s ideas can be replicated in the United States and elsewhere.
Steele, who has some of Jean Ani’s work in the collection, recorded with the Italian designer for Black History Month magazine, which will be released on FIT’s YouTube channel on Thursday, highlighting Jean Ani’s role in shaking up Italian fashion.
Steele said that CJ designers are also under-represented in the United States, despite the fact that CC culture has had a fashion influence there.
“A few years ago, when we showed the Stella International Fashion Designers’ Fair, which was Stella International, we were shocked to learn that Vogue.com has a funny thing like the 1% of designers featured. “That’s it,” said Steele.