On Tuesday four December, Alton Mason turned the primary black male mannequin to participate in a Chanel runway present within the model’s 109-year historical past.
He was amongst fashions participating in an historic Egyptian-inspired spectacle for the French trend home’s Métiers d’Artwork present.
Whereas Pharrell Williams was additionally taking part within the present and has modelled for Chanel earlier than, up till now a black male skilled mannequin hasn’t been featured on the Chanel runway.
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The importance of the second was not misplaced on Mason, who shared his gratitude on social media.
“Blessed to stroll for @chanelofficial on the @metmuseum,” he wrote on Instagram.
“It is a second I’ll always remember. Having the ability to see all of the artwork contained in the museum and work with this superb staff felt unreal.
“To be the primary black male mannequin to stroll a Chanel present… WHAT!? I’m nonetheless in disbelief.”
He additionally thanked quite a lot of people, together with Karl Lagerfeld, who had “manifested this second”, ending his Instagram caption with the assertion: “We made historical past.”
IMG Fashions, the modelling company that represents Mason, additionally marked the momentous event on Instagram.
“Historical past: MADE. @AltonMason makes #historical past because the first-ever African American male mannequin to stroll #Chanel,” the company wrote.
Many individuals have been congratulating Mason on the magnitude of the occasion.
Others have expressed their disappointment in the truth that it took this lengthy for a black male mannequin to be included in a runway present for the style home.
“It is unhappy that it took so lengthy for them to ‘enable’ a black male mannequin to stroll their runway. However I am very comfortable that it has occurred! Effectively finished!” one particular person wrote on Instagram.
“Congrats! This was effectively overdue!” another person commented.
The Métiers d’Artwork present is an annual occasion held by Chanel to honour the craftsmanship of the artisans that it has collaborated with.
This yr’s present, which was introduced by Chanel inventive director Lagerfeld, was held on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York.
That is solely the second time that the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork has performed host to a trend catwalk, the primary being in 1982 when Valentino used the venue to unveil its autumn and winter assortment.
Williams modelled a pair of gold trousers, a gold knitted long-sleeved prime and an ornate neckpiece on the runway.
His first look on the Chanel catwalk happened throughout its 2016 Métiers d’Artwork present on the Ritz lodge in Paris.
Chanel just lately announced that it might be banning all fur and unique animal skins from its collections.
Chatting with WWD, Chanel’s president of trend Bruno Pavlovsky defined that the choice was primarily made for sensible, relatively than moral, causes.
“It’s our expertise that it’s changing into more and more tough to supply unique skins,” he stated.