For me, this show was not only about the clothes but the location and the meaning behind the collection. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and to see NYFW come to the area where I grew up is nothing but amazing. This particular show out of all the shows going on during fashion week meant a lot to me. As I write this article, I would like to say thank you to designer Pyer Moss for not only bringing your collection to Brooklyn but also giving us a history lesson about our culture through your collection.
For Pyer Moss Spring/Summer 2019 collection the Negro Motorist Green Book was the inspiration behind it. It was an annual travel guide that was used by African-Americans to navigate a segregated country safely. The SS19 collection created a world devoid of the angst of racism and imagined what black American life, love and family would feel like if it had always been left untouched, unmolested and unbothered. Pyer Moss, as an art project, focuses on reversing the erasure of normal black life in American history.
Last season they retold the story of the original American cowboy. This season, they continued the theme by aiming to humanize the black American love story. In order to create the collection they researched family photos, specifically in black homes and utilized nuance things found in these homes to create details in the collection such as tufting, drapery, dinner napkins and printing.
An amazing show and I’m so glad to have been apart of it.
Designer Pyer Moss shows the back of his hoodie which says ‘SS19 Runway Show September 2018 5 Year Anniversary Weeksville, NY We Brought You Back Home’.