The categories are: Fashion. They are influencers, editors, creators, and decision makers – and they always do it with style. This year’s 10 TGU 50 Fashion Awards designs a fairer and more colorful fashion industry so that we can all see ourselves reflected.
Interestingly, this year’s awards include some long overdue “firsts”, some of which have been doing behind-the-scenes revelation work for decades. Now at the forefront, they will undoubtedly change the face of fashion for generations to come.
If you need an example of what it feels like to get a seat at the proverbial table, look no further than the new president from American Fashion Designers Council CaSandra Diggs. Making history as the first black woman to ever hold the position, Diggs is a 20 year veteran from CFDA, having joined the organization in 2001 and previously served as head of administration and finance. Diggs is also the founder and leader of CFDA’S Black Advisory Council, which was launched IMPACT—A new multi-faceted initiative dedicated to identifying, connecting, supporting and nurturing black and brown creative and professional people in fashion with the hope of providing a channel for diverse talents in every aspect of the industry ecosystem and blueprint for other industries to follow.
Charles Antoinette Jones
When making films based on powerhouse figures like Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party, one of the main goals is to balance historical accuracy with dynamic visuals for contemporary audiences. Such is the case with costume designers Charles Antoinette Jones, who is tasked with creating costumes for the Oscar nominations, features director Shaka King Judas and the Black Messiah. With several years of experience under his belt and important projects on his resume (including King’s New weeds, Michael B. Jordan Raising Dion, and Spike Lee See you yesterday), Jones managed to capture not only the style of the late 60s and the revolutionary look of the Panthers, but also the essence of this real-life icon. Thanks to his expertise, Jones was nominated for Best Costume Design in a Period Film of the year Costume Designers Guild Award.
Christopher John Rogers
If anyone knows how to get in, it’s Christopher John Rogers. That CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund winners continue to wow the world with bold prints, bright colors and exquisite fabrics, which are constantly changing modern fashion styles. Rogers designs for people she wants to empower – her clothes, which is aptly described as wearable art, Has been worn by the likes of a strong woman like Michelle Obama, Track Ellis Ross, Zendaya and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Most recently, Rogers was the designer of choice for Vice President Kamala Harris. prime outfit. The monochromatic ensemble consists of graceful purple coats and gowns that exude strength and elegance while remaining true to Rogers’ bold hues and timeless silhouettes.
In December 2020, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson made history when she became the first black woman to style a Mode Closing. She also styled the cover for March’s Vanity Fair featuring Billie Eilish. Between her Vogue and Vanity Fair cover debuts shoot, Karefa-Johnson made history again when she worked with Vice President Kamala Harris on her first topic of conversation Mode Closing. Productive creative work brings new perspectives to the world of high fashion, styling and directing shots with diverse representations in models, clothing and photographers. Karefa-Johnson also has style Chloe x Halle, Amanda Gorman and Paloma Elsesser for Vogue, and say chaos and spontaneity are key to his work as he arranges each piece intuitively. As a young black woman in the fashion industry, Karefa-Johnson works hard to push boundaries and pave the way for other Black collaborators.
Ruth E. Carter
When it comes to the world of costume design, no power is greater than the expert and acclaimed designer Ruth E. Carter. With more than four decades of experience covering a variety of projects such as School Daze, The Five Heartbeats, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Marshall, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Love and Basketball, B * A * P * S, Black Panther and Come 2 America, Academy Award winner and DAP Award nominees have undoubtedly established her place in history as a woman with immeasurable talent, limitless creativity, and inspiring intelligence – and also literally amplify it. A brilliant artist and a flare in his own right, Carter has recently been recognized with a stellar at Hollywood Walk of Fame. And if you’re not in Los Angeles, don’t worry; his illustrious career is also currently showcased through “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume DesignExhibition at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta.
Thanks to her stylish start as assistant to legendary creative director of Vogue Grace Coddington and her tenure as director of style at InStyle, fashion director at Elle, executive fashion director at Vanity Fair and countless beauty and style campaigns–Samira Nasr has proven to be an innovator and expert in the fashion industry. Her flawless taste and decades of experience make her ideal new editor-in-chief for Harper’s Bazaar, the first black woman and person of color to hold the prestigious position in its 154 year history. As the new leader of legacy magazine, Nasr hopes to usher in a new, colorful and inclusive era into publishing; we are sure he will do it effortlessly and authentically.
If you still don’t know who was behind Michelle Obama’s stunning monochromatic and bull-blood moment at this year’s Presidential Inauguration – look no further than Sergio Hudson. Hailing from South Carolina, Hudson’s big break came while he was away the winner of the Bravo fashion competition series Rock style in 2014. With a passion for the design and dedication she deserves to dress up the “real woman(Read: non-model), her piercing eyes sharpened a few years later, giving her the opportunity to dress up top fashion figures and icons such as Rihanna, Janelle Monáe, Iman, Beyoncé, and, of course, Mrs. Obama. Hudson is also the creative force behind it V.President Kamala Harris’ ice night saw the Inauguration Party.
Shelby Ivey Christie
Whether it’s an enlightening design thread on Twitter or a breakdown of an appearance via her Instagram story, fashion and costume historian Shelby Ivey Christie has made it her mission to highlight the huge contributions and impact black designers have made in the industry. Born in New York and a graduate of A&T North Carolina, Christie’s passion for all things at the crossroads of race, politics and fashion has led her to positions at legacy fashion companies such as Vogue and InStyle. Forbes 30 Under 30 recently As an honor, Christie’s relentless thirst for knowledge and unwavering dedication to exploring the nuances of fashion culture has led her to partnership with Tidal and Netflix. She is currently pursuing an MA in Costume Studies at NYU.
Tremaine Emory is a full spectrum creative also known as an entity Denim Rips, which was launched important collaboration with Converse in 2020 based on the David Hammons icon African American flag. Creatively, Emory also has collaborated with Off-White by Virgil Abloh, Stüssy, Tom Sachs, and Kanye West – and was one of the brains behind the term “Father of Art”. (For the record, Emory the word You don’t have to be a father to be an “Art Daddy”, just someone who consistently holds onto their dreams, pursues their hobbies and does exactly what they want to do.)
Another Emory line, There are no vacancies released a limited collection Coming 2 America-a jacket inspired by the Semmi university jacket in the original film.
Little is Super Mom. The mother of two is very familiar with the ups and downs of motherhood and created a platform to balance the two things she loves the most – parenthood and blogger. What started as a fashion and beauty blog turned into a center of inspiration, love and support for black mothers everywhere as its platform. growing up fast, attracting moms looking to keep their swag intact while learning some of Small’s best parenting practices. Formerly Baby Shopaholic, his blog Hey Trina has developed into a platform for moms to connect and a space for Trina’s ever-on-trend shopping Supermom streetwear.
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