The Power of Image
As a stylist of for i-D magazine in the early 80s, my images were often about emotions and instincts. When I created this image for the Heroes and Sheroes issue back in 1987, there was a big question at the forefront of my mind: WHERE ARE OUR BLACK SUPERHEROES?
31 years is a long time to wait for an answer but Black Panther currently smashing it at the box office is answering so much more than my little, but very important question, launched from a studio in the east end.
Having the power to deliver more than pedestrian commentary on hemlines has always been my driver to stay working in fashion. I knew then how influential fashion images were in shaping our perceptions of ourselves and resented dominant culture laziness. I've talked a lot about diversity in my work and the acculturative effect of images and I know from feedback that once young creatives are encouraged to value their power to disrupt, they are a force for change.
We are all in it together.
THIS beautifully styled, clever and funny film, with brilliant roles for the women - will confirm to the (white) moneymen that black narratives and identities are hugely inspirational and compelling for us all. I simply cannot wait for the sequel.
Top women rocking top looks ... what's not to love?