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.
Weekvilles, Brooklyn - a Black neighborhood founded by James Weeks acted as the backdrop for designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss Spring 2019 showcase
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.
[NOTE: Weeksville, Brooklyn not featured in this image. This is an image of Black life in Brooklyn the late 1940s.]
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.
(L-R) Kerby Jean-Raymond, Erykah Badu
His designs featured quotes like: “See us now” and “Stop calling 911 on the culture”
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.