2020 opened the eyes of many people and taught us to celebrate each other’s cultural differences. Many artists used this movement as a platform to speak up and represent their people. Designer Brandon Blackwood is the prime example of inspiration rising out of the ashes of a society divided by race and culture.
In 2011, administrators at Culver City High School in Los Angeles warned students that wearing FuckThePopulation clothing to class would result in confiscated merchandise or suspension. Zac Clark along with his business partners; Yamen Sanders and Maurice Myles were all seniors who attended the LA high school and founded the streetwear clothing line as a way to counter the oppression due to the norms and standards society has put in place. Although they ran the name under KCUFTHEPOPULATION to avoid these problems at their high school, administrators still sent out an automated phone message to students informing them that wearing any FTP would result in consequences.
Social media possesses the unique ability to garner major clientele that normally wouldn’t have access to up-and-coming designers. The digital sphere has proved that it can be an integral tool for creatives to share their work. All it takes is one celebrity to see, love, and share a breakout designer's work for the new designer to reach stardom.
Some fashion designers likeMaximillian Davis took the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to create something unique to send the world a message of unity, strength, and solidarity.
Davis is a fashion star in London who highlights Black elegance by making his fashion debut in 2020. Davis said that a lot of his designs are inspired by his Trinidadian roots, in his grandmother and their connection to the Carnival as well as inspiration drawn from a family friend who was his tailor for over a decade—which led to his SS21 Breakout Collection.
American Fashion Designer Thom Browne has made a name for himself in menswear and womenswear and uniform-esque designs; he has had celebrities and influential figures such as actress Kristen Stewartand former First Lady Michelle Obama wear his label to events from the red carpet to presidential inaugurations. Although he has been known for his lines for adults, he has recently come out with a new clothing line for children, composed of uniforms —not the usual choice for kids’ fashion.
Sustainability, entrepreneurship, and initiatives for change on a large scale often intertwine, but not on a national scale. However, for New York-based businesswoman and activist Aurora James, that isn’t the case.