Erykah Badu will collaborate with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of fashion brand Pyer Moss for it’s F/W 16 season. The brand has dedicated the past two seasons to the Black experience and is influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pyer Moss made a statement about the importance of the collection.
“The presentation is a meditation on the tension and mental anguish that exists when conflicting demands are placed on an individual, thereby resulting in confusion in thinking and communication. In the 1950s, anthropologist George Bateson coined the term “Double Bind,” which he found to be a common occurrence in the childhoods of adult patients diagnosed as schizophrenic. The black experience in America is the ultimate double bind; a place where natural born citizens live an immigrant experience in the only land they’ve known as home. A place where black culture is praised, commodified, and appropriated, while black people are criticized, vilified, and hunted for sport. A certain functional schizophrenia has to exist to cope with the dissonance of having a black man in the White House while a black body lies for four hours in the streets of Ferguson.”