Kerby Jean-Raymond, first Black American designer for Paris Haute CoutureBy Taylor Edwards
Jun. 1 2021, Published 5:16 p.m. ET
Kerby Jean-Raymond, CFDA award-winning founder and creative director, will make his mark on the fashion world as the first Black American designer to exhibit a collection for Paris Haute Couture Week. At the invitation of Chambre Syndicale, Kerby Jean-Raymond will make history with his debut.
Haute Couture is considered the most storied and the most elite of the old fashion world. With only 15 official houses approved to date by the Chambre Syndicale, the Pyer Moss presentation shows Black culture is American culture.
In a statement to The Glow Up, “Kerby Jean-Raymond, Designer of Pyer Moss, will present a Pyer Moss Haute Couture Collection as a part of the official Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Collections Fall/Winter 2021/2022 calendar this coming July. This will be the first time Pyer Moss has been invited as a guest designer at Paris Haute Couture and the first Haute Couture collection by the house.”
The Pyer Moss designer launched his highly acclaimed label eight years ago in 2013. Building a narrative that speaks about heritage and activism, Pyer Moss clothing is bold, brilliant, and beautiful. A combination of Jean-Raymond’s mother’s American and Haitian last names, several Pyer Moss designs are a dedication to his parents. The Brooklyn-born fashion aficionado uses their initials in his clothing.
Known for its impactful slogan t-shirts, “They Have Names” and “Stop Calling 911 on the Culture”, the luxury streetwear label is shameless in style and social responsibility – making statements on and off the runway. Keeping culture at the frontline, Kerby Jean-Raymond is an American force in fashion.
The New York designer and global creative director for Reebok has been making noise for quite some time. Recently worn by Vice President Kamala Harris during Inauguration Week, followers of the brand can expect to see Pyer Moss’ first haute couture collection this July at Haute Couture Week. Pyer Moss will also be presenting a new ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week this September.
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