Pyer Moss’s Couture show was more than just a fashion show. It gave viewers a history lesson as he displayed inventions created by black people.
Over the weekend, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss hosted his Fall 2021 couture collection at the Villa Lewaro. Located in upstate New York, the Villa is the former home of Madam C.J. Walker, the first Black woman millionaire.
Opened to the public, the Couture collection was the first for creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond. As the first black designer to show at Paris Couture Week, Pyer Moss Fall 2021 collection was highly anticipated. The event featured a speech from Former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown and a live performance from Brooklyn rapper 22GZ alongside a live string orchestra.
“These are inventions by Black people and I wanted to reintroduce them to Black people, reverse the erasure that may exist and to troll a little bit, too.” – Kerby Jean-Raymond
The collection was specked with references to Black resourcefulness that have been truly ignored. One model was covered from head-to-toe in hair rollers, while another was dressed as a goliath container of peanut butter. Everything from traffic signals to super soakers were addressed as a festival of dark advancement.
You can watch the full live stream here.