Sport The creators of "Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion" open Milan Fashion Week
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Created in 2020, Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion had for the first time been able to attend Milan Fashion Week in September 2020, with a video titled "We are Italy" featuring five black designers, the same who will parade on February 24th.
Five stylists from the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion collective will open with their collections the fall-winter 2021-22 women's fashion week which begins on February 23 in Milan, a virtual event due to the pandemic.
Milan Fashion Week for Women takes place from February 23 to March 1 with 61 almost 100% virtual fashion shows, which will be organized by big names in haute couture such as Fendi, Valentino, Prada, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
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"For five years we came up against a wall of silence"
Italy has 450 black designers who "felt discriminated against for their skin color, many of them have emigrated to London, Paris or Beijing "," Michelle Ngonmo said. In 2015, this Cameroonian-born activist founded
"It's exceptional, it's a very strong signal from the Italian Fashion Chamber. We are going to set the trend," said Michelle Ngonmo, co-founder of the collective alongside designers Stella Jean and Edward Buchanan . However, "it was a hard battle" before being able "to overcome the reluctance of the Chamber to facilitate access to Fashion Week. From now on, the Chamber is ready to listen to us," she said.
"For five years we have come up against a wall of silence knocking on the door of the Chamber, but now we are an integral part of it, without losing our identity", she underlined. The Italian Fashion Chamber helps black designers living in Italy "to realize their collections in a difficult time", argued its president, Carlo Capasa. The organization partially finances their collections and puts them in contact with textile or shoe companies which grant them discounts.
"We are part of the made in Italy, we produce in Italy, not in Africa", said Michelle Ngonmo.
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