Every look of Pyer Moss Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2021 – CR Fashion Book
It’s been a great year for Creative Director Kerby Jean-Raymond.
After designing Vice President Kamala Harris’ ‘new wave’ coat at the 59th Presidential Inauguration, announcing his long-awaited return to New York Fashion Week after a two-year hiatus, and becoming the first black designer invited to showing Haute Couture during Paris Couture week, Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss quickly became a cultural phenomenon in American fashion history.
After a 48-hour postponement of the show’s original date due to torrential rains and lightning from Hurricane Elsa hitting the northeast, Jean-Raymond showed his very first couture collection staged on the facade of the Villa Lewaro in Irvington, New York. The expansive 34-room house that once belonged to America’s first self-made millionaire woman, Madame CJ Walker, was intended as a space to uplift the black community and its pioneers. “I’m not a millionaire, but I hope to be one someday, not because of the money, but because I could do a lot to help my run,” Walker said in an interview with The New York Times.
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Entitled “Wat U Iz”, the collection featured a moving commentary on the erasure of black culture that used clothing as a canvas in Jean-Raymond’s artistic narration throughout the presentation. A giant peanut butter jar dress, silky pink lampshades with sparkling beaded fringes, a floor-length cape made entirely of curlers, ice cream cone chaps, a fridge dress with spelling magnets âBut who invented the dark trauma? – the imaginative collection and camp-y used 3D shapes and construction showcasing black inventions in non-traditional ways. Blurring the lines between art and fashion, the collection used sculptural forms communicating the realities of black America and the ongoing struggle for reparations.
âWe are an invention within an invention. Within the creation of the race, we created darkness. Uprooted from home and placed in a foreign land, we created culture. to each other that he still shapes the world today, âread the show’s notes.
Elsewhere, the show opened with a moving speech and history lesson from American activist and former Black Panther Party president Elaine Brown, followed by a musical performance by drill rapper 22Gz, a nod to Jean-Raymond’s roots in Brooklyn. Despite the show’s initial weather complications, the collection and its statement were worth the wait, wowing guests and leaving behind powerful take-out.
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