2021 is a pivotal 12 months for Black style designers, who’re lastly getting extra of the popularity and assist they’ve lengthy deserved. Thanks to Brother Vellies designer Aurora James, many retailers are becoming a member of the 15 % pledge, which calls for massive corporations to purchase 15 % of merchandise from Black designers. She’s already gotten main retailers like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Sephora standing behind the vital initiative, and we’ll solely see extra because the 12 months progresses.
This 12 months began already off robust on the presidential inauguration with Christopher John Rodgers dressing Kamala Harris for her being sworn in because the Vice President and Sergio Hudson dressing Michelle Obama for the historic occasion. Kamala went on to put on a Sergio Hudson tuxedo coat and gown later that night, too! Jason Rembert of Aliétte can also be one to observe. He created that metallic cutout gown Zendaya wore within the Netflix film Malcolm & Marie. (The gown is definitely accessible for pre-order on Zerina Akers’s procuring vacation spot, Black Owned Everything!) Ahead, we’re breaking down a listing of eight Black designers which are absolutely going to shine in 2021. Keep studying to be taught extra about them forward.