A Black Panther-inspired presentation is heading to New York Fashion Week.
The new Marvel film, which features a predominately African-American cast, hits cinemas from 13 February (18), with the fashion show taking place the day before.
Designers, including Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, Ikire Jones, and Sophie Theallet, have created one-of-a-kind pieces interpreting different characters and themes from the movie, according to WWD.
Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda is taking place at 775 Washington Street with some of the movie’s stars expected to attend the event.
“I was honoured, and I saw the film with my partner,” Jones smiled. “It’s an attempt to help uplift the voices of people who have been marginalised historically and in the present day, both in the U.S. and globally, and Ikire Jones specifically does that by using fashion as a vehicle to address these issues. It’s beautiful aesthetics, but it’s a subversive way to talk about the refugee crises, globalization, ethical waste, ethical labour, and labour practices.
“Working with people like Marvel is literally a big deal, which is fun, and for me, given my background, the extra layer of it of being an exciting thing to have a cultural representation that’s not generally seen on this scale is doubly exciting. It’s just a really fun film and I think it’s going to do really, really well.”
Following the event, the looks will be auctioned off via Charitybuzz.com in support of Save the Children.
Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o wowed at the film’s recent Los Angeles premiere, in a violet Atelier Versace gown. The dress featured a gold detailed bodice, with her stylist Micaela Erlanger telling The Hollywood Reporter: “There’s definitely a nod to her warrior character Nakia here, without being costumey. It’s a really glamorous take on our vision and it’s very fierce, certainly.”