By Sewe Ishola,
History is made at this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as four Black designers were nominated to participate in the yearly fashion talent hunt.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is an annual U.S.-based event, which scouts for fresh talent in the fashion industry to compete in a series of challenges for $400,000 and mentorship from CFDA members and Vogue editors.
This year’s nomination announcement held on Monday, July 10, at the end of which, 10 finalists were selected. Four of those finalists were Black designers.
This is remarkable 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 toward greater mindfulness of the historic exclusion of Black designers from key spaces of acknowledgement.
The Black brands featured include, Telfar, Dyne, Mateo, and Victor Glemaud