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12_B_W- Black_White, la tendenza migrant
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Hands in Fashion, Roma
con Fashion Minority Alliance

The B&W Laboratory is an appointment of artistic investigation on the Migrant Style. A style that, despite personal and individual variations, looks unique with certain fixed elements that tell us much about the history of the world, of trade, of colonial and media power, and its myths.

It is also an educational format of cultural encounters and a networking event between tailoring and migrant fashion realities and an in-depth study on issues related to intercultural fashion.

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The first edition of the B&W Laboratory activated by Nation25 with the artistic direction of Caterina Pecchioli and the collaboration of A.I. Artisanal Intelligence and Fum Studio took place at the Macro Asilo , Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome , during 4 weeks between June and October 2019, with the support of Progetto Agata Smeralda Onlus.


The B&W Lab brought together fashion professionals, students, creatives, artists, young visionaries, tailors, both Italians and migrants.

The workshop included, in addition to the artistic workshop, a series of masterclasses, meetings and round tables on the debated themes of cultural appropriation, ethical and sustainable fashion, tailoring techniques and brand identity in which took part, among others. : Vogue Italia, Moleskine Foundation, Fashion Revolution. Migrant realities, fashion experts and communication professionals met also to discuss together the launch of the B&W platform in support of migrant fashion.


Finally, from 7 to 13 October, the B&W Factory was held for the design and production of a fashion accessory inspired by migrant fashion with the didactic support of the Costume & Fashion Academy.

The participants, both: asylum seekers and refugees from Africa, Meddle East and Asia together with Italians took an active role in the research process.


We started from the observation on how participants were daily dressed, their wardrobe, that led to discussions on identity. We observed the transformations in the way people dress before, during and after their journey, with the use of “Facebook Mood Boards” made by the participants. They made a selection of photos taken from their socialmedia profiles which allowed them to identify the elements of their own style and to discuss the choices in the way they dress.  What is more, during the first phase of the workshop, we studied, wore and photographed clothes created by young tailors who are migrants. This led to analyze not only everyday clothes, but also the kind of clothes conceived and made by migrants in Italy
(Caterina Pecchioli, Quaderni, Ed. Macro Asilo)


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B & W-Lab. and AtWork by the Moleskine Foundation

Moleskine Foundation supported the B&W-Black & White project by sharing the concept and objectives. The participants of the B&W lab. were invited to produce their “trendbooks” on a Moleskine notebook (intended as an educational device) and some of them were selected to be able to participate in the Venetian stage of the AtWork Tour “Where is South?”, led by Simon Njami.


“Black & White” and  “Where is South?” shared the goal of questioning the ideologies and stereotypes linked to the South of the world. Migrant fashion shows a simultaneity of different influences and traditions that liberates and confuses a pre-established image by clearing a precise ideological position of the cardinal points.  In the collective setting of AtWork, the aim was to continue to examine more closely the issue on identity and rethink perspectives regarding ourselves and our position in the world. During AtWork “Where is South?” the participants realized a personal Moleskine notebook that visualizes their personal vision of South. 


The participants of B&W-Black & White Lab. who obtained the Moleskine Foundation scholarship to participate in the "Where is South?" workshop were Hina John , Nosakhare Ekhator , Lamin Saidy and Wendorlink Zerpa, artist and designer. In addition, the young designer Victor Abbey-Hart , an AtWork participant, joined the B&W lab in October.


B&W on Folios # 3 Ed. Moleskine Foundation 2020

Come organizzazione riconosciamo l'importanza di un impegno precoce e con questo in mente abbiamo creato 'Hands in Fashion' per offrire ai giovani creativi sottorappresentati e storicamente emarginati l'opportunità di essere incoraggiati, ispirati e guidati in un percorso privilegiato. Nei quattro anni trascorsi dalla nostra fondazione, abbiamo implementato con successo Hands in Fashion a Milano, Londra, nello stato di New York e ora a Roma, cosa che non avremmo potuto realizzare senza la nostra partnership con B&W-Black&White e il supporto avvolgente di Rocco Forte Hotels e il suo team presso il lussuoso Hotel de la Ville. L’espansione del programma con ospiti di così alto profilo come Stella Jean e Celia Sears sottolinea la sua efficacia e il nostro impegno ad avere un impatto a lungo termine sulla diversità e sull’inclusione nei settori creativi.
Barbara Kennedy-Brown, co-fondatrice Fashion Minority Alliance (FMA)

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