Today, 28th October 2020 at 4pm, a special SHOWstudio panel dedicated to Joe and his vision will look at Britishness now and what contribution the fashion industry must make towards a new era. The panel, titled Joe Casely-Hayford: An Icon For Our Times, will be chaired by Andrew Ibi with Caroline Rush, Ekow Eshun, Karen Binns and Walé Adeyemi.
The IPF will work closely with BOLD on this project. The agency, founded by Andrew Ibi, Harris Elliott and Jason Jules is aimed at actioning change in society, consulting across fashion and advertising culture to amplify authentic race narratives.
“The historical significance of black fashion culture is essential to future fashion practitioners and their progress within the industry. The Missing Thread is a vehicle to examine past, present and future - to contextualise black fashion culture with authority. Retrospective acknowledgement and recognition of black cultural contribution are key components in framing the project.”
Andrew Ibi, Co-Founder, BOLD
The project team is seeking funding through various means with opportunities to be a Founding Partner of an 18-month programme including lectures, book, key events, sub-installations, discussions, and shows/presentations culminating in the exhibition.
“The need for far greater accountability in our industry has become increasingly apparent over the last year. Black fashion contributions are at the core of Britain’s reputation as a creative hub yet continue to be overlooked. We are extremely excited to work with BOLD on this project which aims at restoring and acknowledging cultural contributions to one of the UK’s most creative industries.”
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of BFC
The IPF helps the British fashion industry lead in the goal to be more resilient and circular through global collaboration and local action. Leveraging global expertise and resources, the IPF adopts standards, develops and establishes frameworks to reset and create a new blueprint for the industry. Through identifying common challenges, the IPF calls for collective action and investment in innovation to make a difference.
This year, the BFC launched its Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, an essential part of its long- term plan to fight prejudice and galvanise the industry into action. The Committee is made up of industry and BFC representatives and its role is to address key challenges facing minority communities in gaining fair representation within the fashion industry.
To find out more about the BFC’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, click here.