Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp.announces the launch of a five-part podcast series, titled Invisible Sewing: Untold Stories of Black Culture and Fashionwhich seeks to highlight the overlooked contributions of black culture and communities, to expand the narrative around American fashion history.
The series was developed by Tommy Hilfiger People’s Square Program in partnership with The Fashion and Race Database and Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios. The invisible seam launches April 20, 2022, wherever podcasts are available and new episodes will be released weekly on Wednesdays, through May 18. Listen to the trailer and follow the series here.
“We are all responsible for shaping a truly equitable future for BIPOC creatives,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “It’s incredibly meaningful that some of fashion’s most notable voices have come together to bring this podcast to life. It’s a necessary step in acknowledging, acknowledging, sharing and celebrating Black people’s contributions to defining fashion and of modern culture.
Invisible Sewing: Untold Stories of Black Culture and Fashion will feature engaging interviews with expert guests including designers, academics, fashion historians, museum curators, stylists and artists. It is hosted by Kimberly Jenkins, Consultant, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and Founder and Principal Investigator of The Fashion and Race Database.
“Tommy Hilfiger’s partnership with The Fashion and Race Database is a game-changer because it shows what is possible when industry leaders listen and collaborate with those of us who do the work to educate and champion a system of more diverse and socially responsible fashion,” said Kimberly Jenkins. , Founder and Principal Researcher, The Fashion and Race Database. “Fashion education and research is often isolated in the fashion system, so I hope other fashion brands will take note of what Randy Cousin and Tommy Hilfiger People’s Square Program produced with us.
“When we talk about representation and equity, it’s important to recognize that the history of fashion as we know it rarely portrays the stories and contributions of the BIPOC communities that have formed the backbone of our industry,” said Randy Cousin, SVP Product Concepts and People’s Square Program. “The work that Kim and her team have done to bring marginalized history to the fore is so crucial and meaningful, and it really aligns with our mission for the People’s Square Program. Together, we want to amplify the work and influence of uncredited pioneers in fashion and culture, past and present. We envision the podcast as a learning resource and a way to create deeper dialogue around change, not only within our brand, but also with the rest of the industry.
Episodes and guests include:
- April 20, 2022: NO PLAN: Sets the scene and establishes the root and reason for the show, with guests Jeffrey Banks and Romeo Hunte (Designers), and Ceci (Costume Designer).
- April 27, 2022: RHYTHM & MUSE: A look at how the hip-hop community built its look on the fringes of an unwelcoming fashion industry, before it became as universal and sought-after as it is today. With Monica Morrow and Boz Bradshaw (stylists), April Walker (designer) and Elena Romero (assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology [FIT] and corresponding TV).
- May 4, 2022: DECLARATION: A deeper exploration of Black America’s connections to fashion and the relationship between what we wear and what we believe. With guests Miko Underwood (Founder and Chief Creative Director at OAK & ACORN), Angela Tate (Curator of Women’s History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture), Elizabeth Way (Associate Curator at the Museum at FIT) and Richard Thompson Ford (teacher and author).
- May 11, 2022: THE BEST, THE BRIGHTEST, THE DRESSED This episode delves into how historically black colleges and universities have used fashion to show that black culture is mosaic and to position black Americans as tastemakers and leaders in what the world wears. Guests include Ceci (costume designer), Jasmine Guy (actress and singer), Darnell-Jamal Lisby (fashion historian and curator), Monica L. Miller (professor and author) and Elizabeth Way (associate curator at the Museum of FIT).
- May 18, 2022: THERE WILL BE NO MORE DOORS: In a world where black art continues to be the model for what the everyday person wears, we look to the future for inspiration in the present and as a way to make sense of the past. . With Connor McKnight (Designer), Law Roach (Image Architect), Brandice Daniel (CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row), Randy Cousin (SVP of Product Concept and the People’s Square Program at Tommy Hilfiger), Ade Samuel (Celebrity Stylist), Letesha Renee (Chief Designer and Owner at Eugene Taylor Brand) and Aria Hughes (Editorial Creative Director at Complex Networks). The series is closed by Zairion Lester, a fashion student and emerging designer who shares a forward-looking perspective.
the People’s Square The program launched in July 2020, taking inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger’s very first store of the same name, which he opened in 1969 in his hometown of Elmira, NY. The program amplifies the company’s efforts and commitment of its resources to increase opportunities and visibility for underrepresented communities within the global fashion and apparel industries. The platform acts on these commitments through three pillars – partnerships and advocacy, career support and industry access, and industry leadership – with the goal of achieving meaningful and lasting change. For more information on Tommy Hilfiger’s social and environmental sustainability journey, visit sustainability.tommy.com.
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