In this next edition of Milan Fashion Week will take the stage of the first days of the initiative Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion. Five designers from the collective will present their fall/winter 2021 collections on 24 February, the second day of the Milan fashion event.
Last September the initiative did not have much space, having been relegated towards the end of the event. But today this change of program emphasizes precisely the intent of the organization to focus attention on the initiative.
Michelle Ngonmo, co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion together with designers Stella Jean and Edward Buchanan, was satisfied with the central role that the event has finally acquired. It was a tough battle” before being able to “overcome the reluctance of the Chamber to facilitate access to Fashion Week.Now the CNMI is ready to listen to us”.
To parade in this edition, the same designers who crossed the digital catwalk in the last event.Joy Ijeoma Meribe will be there with her brand Modaf Designs, Claudia Gisèle Ntsama, originally from Nigeria, with the brand Isfab. And then Fabiola Manirakiza of Burundi, founder of Frida-Kiza and the Senegalese Pape Mocodou Fall, with Kodkodu.
“For five years we have clashed with a wall of silence when we knocked on the door of the CNMI, but now we are an integral part of it, without losing our identity”, said Michelle Ngonmo, former founder of Afro Fashion Week.”We are part of Made in Italy, we produce in Italy, not in Africa”.
On the cover: Models wear creations part of the Joy 2021 women’s spring-summer collection at the “We are Made in Italy – Black Lives Matter in Italian fashion Collection” event during the Milan’s fashion week in Milan, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)