2010's fashion

George Harrison, 1969 [x]

“All I’m doing, I’m acting out the part of Beatle George and, you know, we’re all acting out our own parts. The world is a stage and the people are the players. Shakespeare said that. And he’s right. […]
[Y]ou just do whatever you can do. I mean, even if it’s being a Beatle for the rest of my life, it’s still only a temporary thing. And, I mean really, all we did was get born and live so many years and this is what happened. I got born seemingly to become Beatle George. But it doesn’t really matter who you are or what you are, because that’s only a temporary sort of tag for a limited sort of period of years.
[…] It’s the same as any job, you know. It’s up and down, you know. Life is up and down all the time. And maybe for us it goes up higher but it comes down lower. Relativity. So, you know, if we have a bad time, it’s really bad. [aughs] And if we have a good time, maybe it’s really good. But it’s only the same, you know. It’s relativity.” - George Harrison, interviewed by David Wigg for Scene and Heard at the Apple Offices, 8 October 1969

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African fashion designers show off their works with 25 black Brazilian models during São Paulo Fashion Week

Note from BW of Brazil: I like this idea. Year after year it is blatantly obvious how invisible black models are at Brazil’s top fashion shows São Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW) and Fashion Rio. This invisibility has been a regular complaint of black activists for as long as I’ve even paid attention to the events and that goes back to the first few years of the 21st century. The nation’s fashion industry, like its media, seemed to be saying, “we will present Brazil as a white nation regardless of how you people feel about it.” The industry continues to ignore demands of Afro-Brazilian activists and even with a judgement that levied a quota of 10% black model representation, they’ve managed to keep the shows overwhelmingly white. It’s actually pretty amazing. Even with African themes of past shows, black models remain essentially “blacked-out”!

For this year’s Spring-Summer collections presented at SPFW, the Afro Brazil Museum in São Paulo hosted a show featuring the latest works of several African fashion designers using all black models. For me, this is a great idea. Brazil insists on de facto segregation in so many areas of society that I see nothing wrong with essentially a separate event for black models. True integration is supposed to signal equality and as we’ve seen time and time again in numerous countries, groups that have power will never realistically share this power. In my view, activists need to stop deceiving themselves. Rather than always pushing for integration why not simply establish alternatives?

See the full report here: African fashion designers show off their works with 25 black Brazilian models during São Paulo Fashion Week