Couture Fashion Week is the most prestigious timetable of fashion shows, where designers have to be invited personally by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The organisation doesn't often add to its roster, so it is always exciting when a new name is invited, but particularly so on this occasion with Kerby Jean-Raymond's brand Pyer Moss making history.
The American label – which also shows on the New York Fashion Week ready-to-wear timetable – will be joining the Couture Fashion Week calendar this July. Jean-Raymond will be the first Black American designer to ever show a couture collection at the Parisian event.
Pyer Moss has fast become one of the most well-respected names to come out of the New York fashion scene, with the house presenting thought-provoking and politically-charged collections. Jean-Raymond uses storytelling, activism, debate, theatre and social commentary in his spectacular fashion shows – and often collaborates with other artists and brands to further the dialogue about important issues, many about the Black experience in America.
His designs were worn by Vice President Kamala Harris during the US inauguration in January, and have also been spotted on names including Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross.
We won't have to wait long to find out what Jean-Raymond has in store for the house's first couture collection with the schedule is set for early July in Paris. Pyer Moss will then present its next ready-to-wear collection in New York this September, returning to the calendar after a few seasons off.
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