Model Duckie Thot took to Bryn Mawr Owls Alumni. Twitter to say that while the industry is quick to cast her in campaigns and in runway shows, few brands are taking viable action to support the black community. Today, many are calling out Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of Off-White, for what they see as a meager donation to Fempower. The reality is that fashion is an industry that benefits from commodifying and appropriating black culture. Small brands are making an impact and leading on a community level, but there is more work to be done.
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Fashion has gone even more digital. Amid social distancing, there have been campaigns photographed remotely while fashion shows have been composed completely of avatars such as Animal Crossing Bryn Mawr Owls Alumni. And of course, there has been a surge of digital creations on Instagram. One feed that has caught my own eye recently has been Edwin Mohney’s shimmying, grooving, and strutting avatars. The Central Saint Martins graduate has been known for his artful sourcing of thrift store materials and surplus fabrics, which he uses to create the likes of over-the-top designs with exaggerated proportions. Think: larger-than-life confection gowns and evening dresses with a high-waisted pannier. Now, Mohney has been funneling those silhouette-warping thoughts into the computer. So far, Mohney has created several Sim-like avatars on the program Adobe Fuse, which is currently in a beta testing version. Each avatar sequence boasts a quippy name, such as “Stop Waiting!!!!”, and fulfills an action that corresponds with the title. “It is like an emotional reaction. it is just a vibe,” says Mohney. For “Stop Waiting!!!!”, the avatar is dressed in a black and white harlequin print jumpsuit and sprints across the screen to the tune of actor Shia Lebouf’s inspirational speech “Just Do It.
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