Praise! NYFW Paid Awareness Reparations To Historic Brooklyn 'Hood

NYFW Paid Awareness Reparations To Historic Brooklyn 'Hood

Praise! NYFW Paid Awareness Reparations To Historic Brooklyn 'Hood

It's time the arts start 'respekin' us.

Published September 11th

While the fashion industry and much of the world has battled racial inequalities lately, it seems that this year’s NYFW proves that in some ways the tides are slowly changing.

  1. Weekvilles, Brooklyn - a Black neighborhood founded by James Weeks acted as the backdrop for designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss Spring 2019 showcase
  2. The community was founded in 1838 about 11 years after slavery was abolished in New York and accounted for the Bedford Hills section of Brooklyn, which included Troy Avenue.
    A young boy leans against a fire hydrant with his hands in his pockets, Brooklyn, New York, New York, 1949. On the wall behind him is a sign that reads 'Your Baby Deserves The Best.' (Photo by Rae Russel/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Rae Russel/Getty Images)

    [NOTE: Weeksville, Brooklyn not featured in this image. This is an image of Black life in Brooklyn the late 1940s.]

  3. Jean-Raymond presented his designs at the Weeksville Heritage Center bringing awareness and engulfing attendees with what it may have felt like in the once forgotten community.
    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  Fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond (L) and stylist and singer-songwriter Erykah Badu pose backstage at the Pyer Moss Fall 2016 fashion show during MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on February 13, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

    (L-R) Kerby Jean-Raymond, Erykah Badu

  4. His designs featured quotes like: “See us now” and “Stop calling 911 on the culture”
    Models walk the runway for the Pyer Moss Spring/Summer 2019 show at Weeksville Heritage Center on September 8, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
    BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: Pyer Moss Spring/ Summer 2019 collection. (Photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
  5. Weeksville, Brooklyn - named after it’s founder James Weeks, an African American stevedore gradually became part of what is now Crown Heights after the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and as NYC grew.

    With recent controversy concerning Black representation in fashion, this was a moment in Black history and fashion.

     

Written by Naiquan D Greene

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