“Their work is front and center right off of Fifth Avenue,” said Lauren. “This is a collaboration that centers and celebrates the artwork of the women of Gee’s Bend. You can’t see anything else.”
Lauren supplemented the collection with a lookbook styled by Yashua Simmons and photographed by Menelik Puryear, a Los Angeles fashion show that took place earlier this month and opened with a performance from Jacob Jonas The Company, a dance company based in Los Angeles. He also tapped Jonathan Michael Square, assistant professor of Black Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design, to write an essay exploring the significance of the Gee’s Bend quilters and their craftsmanship, which represents African American ingenuity even in the midst of great hardship.