Written by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Every year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund hosts U.S. – Based fresh talents to compete in a series of challenges for $400,000 and mentorship from CFDA members and Vogue editors.
This year’s nomination announcement was held on Monday, July 10th. Up and coming designers competing eagerly for seed funding, mentorship and priceless exposure were selected, 4 brands out of the 10 finalists were steered by black designers.
This quite marks history, because since the Fashion Fund’s inception in 2003 till now, only three brands selected as finalists have had a black, biracial or multiracial designer.
According to Fashionista.com this may indicate an inspiring industry pivot towards greater mindfulness of the historic exclusion of Black designers from Key spaces of acknowledgement.
Here’s the list of the black designers and their brands:
Christopher Bevans, Brand – Dyne
Matthew Harris, Brand – Mateo
Telfar Clemens, Brands – Telfar
Victor Glemaud, Brand – Victor Glemaud
The winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and two runners-up will be announced at the gala in New York on November 6, with the winner receiving $400,000, and two runners-up taking home $150,000 each.
Slide through the gallery above.
Photo credit: Vogue