Backed by a woke generation of GenZ-ers and Millennials, more Black-owned designer labels have now raised their proverbial fists, demanding for equal opportunities on the runway and throughout the ongoing television renaissance. Making a compelling case to these independent designers of colour, are streaming sites like Netflix, where TV series are transforming into pseudo-runways. Ready-to-wear and accessories have been propelled to the fore as main protagonists on shows like Gossip Girl, Inventing Anna and Emily in Paris. A heightened level of depth and colour; however, has been delivered to homes and screens via the likes of newer releases such as The Bold Type or Euphoria.
Providing visibility to Black designers and mitigating the challenges of doing so is the Black Designer Database (BDDB). Launched in November 2020 by costume designer Charlese Antoinette, the initiative has its roots in a humble spreadsheet which later expanded into an online portal – creating a legit presence for over 300 BIPOC-owned fashion brands.
by Aarushi Saxena for Fashion Minority Alliance