A night at the Brooklyn Museum with Black Fashion Fair
Photo credit: Matt Weinberger
Black Fashion Fair’s first world museum visit to Brooklyn was a joy filled occasion, we speak with Black Fashion Fair about how it went.
On Saturday evening, Black Fashion Fair took over the Brooklyn Museum for its very first Museum World Tour.
Antoine Gregoryfounder of Black Fashion Fair, and his team began planning for the event in early 2022. During a call, he said they hoped to hold an event to close out the summer and honor Virgil Abloh who currently has a eponymous exhibition at the Museum.
“There was a lot of community around this event and bringing people into the museum.” He also adds: “Virgile is one of the great artists of our time, it was important for me to show as many people as possible”‘Virgil Abloh: Figures of speech.’”
Gregory mentions that Abloh was a strong supporter of the work Black Fashion Fair was doing before his untimely passing. He adds that it was like kismet to present his work in a way that felt natural rather than stuffy. “Figures of speech” includes never-before-seen objects from the Abloh archives spanning design, fashion, architecture and art. For example, pieces from the old Off-White and Pyrex Vision collections are on display. Additionally, a massive collection of Nike sneakers designed by Abloh are also part of the exhibit.
In addition to creating a curated experience for black creatives to view Abloh’s work, the evening also featured Gregory posting a collaboration between Black Fashion Fair, Brooklyn Museum and FUBU. That night, an exclusive T-shirt culminating the partnership was available for purchase. The logo t-shirt featured the FUBU logo on the front and came in two different variations. “It’s probably the most iconic black brand of the 90s,” Gregory said. “It was really cool to have them participate and design the merchandising.” He thinks it was a legendary moment because he thinks most museums don’t usually sell black brands in their gift shops (on Saturday there was also a special pop-up shop featuring other designer-owned fashion products). Black).
Throughout the night, as guests entertained themselves to and from a bar, several DJs created an intentionally fun vibe. At some point, a DJ MORESOUPPLEASE unleashed several songs from Beyonce’s home-centric Renaissance album, including “Heated”, “Cuff It”, “Energy” and of course the single “Break My Soul”. During this moment, the museum seemed to light up with a joyous energy that didn’t seem staged.
Museum World Tour’s goal is to welcome those who often feel excluded from museum institutions to come and see exhibits and feel comfortable doing so. The Brooklyn Museum is the first stop in a long series to come.
“Today, we don’t always feel comfortable in these spaces. With Museum World Tour, we give people the chance to enjoy [museums] with the community,” says Antoine.
He adds: “I am very grateful to everyone who showed up, so many young black designers showed up – it is really a testament to the work we do at Black Fashion Fair and the community we are building.