MILAN, KOMPAS.com - The upcoming Milan Fashion Week will include a Black Lives Matter event in the September show calendar.
This year's fashion week also includes the formation of a working group aimed at ending racial discrimination in Italian fashion.
The Italian Fashion Council’s only Black designer Stella Jean hailed the move as a “breakthrough”.
Stella Jean is a Haitian-Italian designer based in Rome and recently came into the spotlight after pressuring the Italian National Fashion Chamber to promote racial diversity.
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Her suggestion? Promote cultural reform through concrete commitments toward greater racial diversity.
Stella Jean’s demands have received an outpouring of support from top fashion houses’ that support the Black Lives Matter movement.
She and other Black creatives in Italian fashion pushed for greater substance.
Five Black-led Italian brands, discovered by the founder of the independent AFRO Fashion Week Milano, will make a digital presentation during the hybrid physical-digital Milan Fashion Week from September 23-28, the national fashion chamber announced Thursday.
And the week will open with a closed-door working group of key council members under the banner “Do Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion".