7 Major Fashion Moments From Beyonce’s New “Black is King”

The build up to Beyonce’s new “Black is King” visual album has been immense. Now that it’s finally here, fans and critics will no doubt dissect every moment of the 1-hour, 25-minute film, which is inspired by last year’s “Lion King: The Gift” (the star also curated that film’s soundtrack album).

There is plenty to analyze when it comes to the overall message — especially at a time when Black identity is at the forefront of the collective mindset. That can also be said of the film’s fashion. The industry is having its own reckoning with racism, both in the past few months and in past years, from Gucci’s and Prada’s blackface missteps in 2019 to the ongoing lack of diversity in the upper echelons of corporate structures.

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“Black is King” does not address or criticize these issues head-on. Instead, it is a bounty of

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15 Black Visionaries Who Are Changing the Luxury Space Right Now

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There’s hardly an industry that hasn’t benefitted from the contributions of black people—and that extends to luxury.  From visionary designers who shape the clothes we wear and the spaces we inhabit, to the culinarians and winemakers who craft some of our most memorable moments, the luxury world would wouldn’t be the same without their achievements. And because the things these creators make and do matter—and deserve recognition far beyond Black History Month—we’re highlighting a small group of black visionaries who are changing the luxury industry every single day.

Aurora James

Aurora James in the front rowDior show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France - 25 Feb 2020
Aurora James in the front rowDior show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France – 25 Feb 2020

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Even before she came up with the idea for the 15 Percent Pledge, Aurora James had already established herself as one of the most thoughtful designers of her

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Black Fashion, Beauty and Culture Scholars to Follow

We’re taking notes, literally.

André Leon Talley and Robin Givhan in 2015.
André Leon Talley and Robin Givhan in 2015.

As a fashion and beauty publication, the very least we can do is use our platform — today and everyday — to amplify the voices of the many talented Black people who make this industry what it is

In addition to resources on Black creatives to follow in the fashion industry, we’re sharing a list of Black scholars in the fields of fashion, beauty and culture. Add their works into your curriculum, buy one of their books, hit up one of their exhibitions, invite them to be on your panels and ask them to serve as sources in your reporting. (We owe a big hat tip in reporting to Ben Barry, Chair of Fashion at Ryerson, for his Instagram post which inspired this list, and to Eric Darnell Pritchard for flagging it for us.)


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