Retroreflective material is something we’ve played around with, artwise, for a while. It glows with direct light, and when I mix it with vibrant colored patterns, the I’m a Disney Girl it’s like a Regular Girl but more magical shirt also I will do this dual effect can be mesmerizing. Thematically, I’m lining them with vibrant African wax prints which is a callout to our past and future, and at the same time is interestingly problematic in terms of their origins involving Indonesia and the Dutch. —Coby Kennedy Capes designed by Dionne Fraser-Carter and Steve Locke I chose to use black faux leather, inspired by the unofficial uniform of the former Black Panthers. I also chose denim to symbolize the all-American blue jean, which symbolizes unity. The various Ankara prints are used to acknowledge African heritage and the struggle for persons of color who are most often disenfranchised and politically and socially suppressed. We are living in an unprecedented socioeconomic climate to which millions of people of all backgrounds have been affected. Historically though, it has always been the descendants of the diaspora who have had to fight for their voices to be heard and their existence to be acknowledged as valuable. —Dionne Fraser-Carter
I’m a Disney Girl it’s like a Regular Girl but more magical shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
The fabric I created has an image of Fred Hampton, who was a key member of the I’m a Disney Girl it’s like a Regular Girl but more magical shirt also I will do this Chicago Black Panther Party and was murdered by the Chicago Police Department with the assistance of the FBI during their COINTELPRO program. The blue is to mimic police light and the image of Hampton is tessellated to make him readable from any direction. He is there to protect the wearer from state violence. —Steve Locke Capes designed by Paula Crown Atelier and Christy Rilling Studio The imagery is directly taken from Paula Crown’s work. The main black and red print is taken from her Kinematic series. An artwork process that represents a moment in flow. It begins from an investigation into liquid graphite and water, two materials that, like oil and water, do not mix. The poured liquid graphite flows in water, creating a dynamic and ephemeral composition, and two disparate materials achieve a harmony and balance. The resulting forms are photographed and printed in this case on a woven iridescent silk faille and double silk charmeuse. Interwoven into the fabric is Lurex, which has a watery and metallic appearance, mimicking the original artwork process.