Tommy Hilfiger launches podcast to highlight black culture and fashion – WWD

Tommy Hilfiger will launch a five-part podcast series on April 20 entitled “The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion”. The podcast aims to highlight the overlooked contributions of black culture and communities and expand the narrative around the history of American fashion.

The series was developed through Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place program in collaboration with The Fashion and Race Database and Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios.

Following its debut, the new episodes will be released weekly from Wednesday until May 18th.

“We are all responsible for shaping a future that is truly fair for BIPOC creatives,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “It is incredibly significant that some of the most important voices in fashion have come together to bring this podcast to life. It is a necessary step to recognize, recognize, share and celebrate the contributions of blacks in defining modern fashion and culture. “

The podcast will be hosted by Kimberly Jenkins, consultant, assistant professor of fashion studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and founder and lead researcher of The Fashion and Race Database. Guests will include designers, academics, fashion historians, museum curators, stylists and artists.

Randy Cousin, senior vice president, Product Concepts and People’s Place Program, said, “When it comes to representation and equity, it is important to recognize that the history of fashion, as we know it, rarely describes the stories and contributions of the BIPOC communities that have formed the backbone of our industry. The work Kim and her team have done to bring the story of the outcast to the fore is so crucial and meaningful, and it truly aligns with our mission for the People’s Place program. Together, we want to amplify the work and influence of non-accredited pioneers in fashion and culture, both past and present. We envision the podcast as a learning resource and a means to create further dialogue about change, not only with our brand, but with the rest of the industry as well. “

Jenkins added: “Tommy Hilfiger’s partnership with The Fashion and Race Database is a game changer, as it shows what’s possible when industry leaders listen to and partner with those of us who do the work to educate and support a more diverse and socially responsible fashion system. . Fashion education and research are often isolated in the fashion system, so I hope other fashion brands take notes from what Randy Cousin and the Tommy Hilfiger People’s Place Program are producing with us. “

The first episode is called “No Blueprint”, which establishes the motif of the show with the designers Jeffrey Banks and Romeo Hunt, and Ceci, a costume designer. Other episodes are titled “Rhythm & Muse ”(April 27), which examines how the hip-hop community built its look on the fringes of an unwelcoming fashion industry before it became as sophisticated as it is today; “Statement Piece,” (May 4) explores Black America’s connections to fashion and the relationship between what you wear and what you believe in; “The Best, the Brightest, the Dressed” (May 11) explores how historically black colleges and universities have used fashion to demonstrate that black culture is a mosaic and to position black Americans as creators of taste and leaders in it. that the world is wearing, and “There Will Be No More Doors” (May 18) looks to a world where black art continues to be the model for what the common person wears.

Over 20 guests on the podcast included Image Architect Law Roach; Brandice Daniel, chief executive officer and founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row; Ade Samuel, celebrity stylist; Miko Underwood, founder and chief creative director of Oak & Acorn; Jasmine Guy, actress and singer; Elena Romero, assistant to the FIT and television correspondent; Angela Tate, curator of women’s history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Aria Hughes, creative editorial director of Complex Networks, and Elizabeth Way, associate curator of the Museum of FIT.


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