Tommy Hilfiger launches podcast to spotlight black culture and fashion – WWD

Tommy Hilfiger is launching a five-part podcast series called “The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion” on April 20. The podcast aims to highlight the overlooked contributions of black culture and communities and expand the narrative around American fashion history.

The series was developed as part of Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place program in partnership with The Fashion and Race Database and Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios.

After its debut, new episodes will be released weekly from Wednesday to May 18.

“We are all responsible for shaping a truly equitable future for BIPOC creatives,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “It’s incredibly meaningful that some of fashion‘s most notable voices have come together to bring this podcast to life. It’s a necessary step in acknowledging, acknowledging, sharing and celebrating Black people’s contributions to defining fashion and of modern culture.

The podcast will be hosted by Kimberly Jenkins, consultant, assistant professor of fashion studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and founder and principal researcher of The Fashion and Race Database. Guests will include designers, academics, fashion historians, museum curators, stylists and artists.

Randy Cousin, Senior Vice President, Product Concepts and People’s Place Program, said, “When we talk about representation and equity, it’s important to recognize that the history of fashion as we know it rarely portrays the stories and contributions from the BIPOC communities that have formed the backbone of our industry. The work that Kim and her team have done to bring marginalized history to the fore is so crucial and meaningful and it truly aligns with our mission for the People’s Place program. Together, we want to amplify the work and influence of uncredited pioneers in fashion and culture, past and present. We envision the podcast as a learning resource and a way to create deeper dialogue around change, not only with our brand, but also with the rest of the industry.

Jenkins added: “Tommy Hilfiger’s partnership with The Fashion and Race Database is a game-changer because it shows what’s possible when industry leaders listen and collaborate with those of us who do the work to educate and champion a more fashion system. diverse and socially responsible. Fashion education and research is often isolated in the fashion system, so I hope other fashion brands will take notice of what Randy Cousin and the Tommy Hilfiger People’s Place program are producing with us.

The first episode is called “No Blueprint”, which establishes the reason for the show with designers Jeffrey Banks and Romeo Hunte, and Ceci, a costume designer. Other episodes are titled “Rhythm & Muse” (April 27), which examines how the hip-hop community built its look on the fringes of an unwelcoming fashion industry before it became as sought-after as it is today; “Statement Piece” (May 4) explores Black America’s ties to fashion and the relationship between what you wear and what you believe; “The Best, the Brightest, the Dressed” (May 11) explores how historically black colleges and universities have used fashion to show that black culture is mosaic and to position black Americans as tastemakers and leaders in what the world wears, and “There Will Be No More Doors” (May 18) looks at a world where black art continues to be the model for what the everyday person wears.

Among the podcast’s 20+ guests are Law Roach, Image Architect; Brandice Daniel, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row; Ade Samuel, celebrity stylist; Miko Underwood, Founder and Chief Creative Director at Oak & Acorn; Jasmine Guy, actress and singer; Elena Romero, FIT assistant professor and television correspondent; Angela Tate, curator of women’s history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Aria Hughes, Editorial Creative Director at Complex Networks, and Elizabeth Way, Associate Curator at the Museum of FIT.

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