Harper's Bazaar USA - September 2020
English | 252 pages | PDF
SINCE FOUNDING Pyer Moss seven years ago, Kerby Jean-Raymond has consistently used his runway as a platform for a series of larger conversations
about race, culture, and activism. He once themed a collection around mental health in Black communities, and before another show, screened a 12-minute short in which he interviewed relatives of police brutality victims. This fall, Jean-Raymond will present his latest cinematic effort, American, Also, a feature-length documentary that uses his Spring 2020 show, which was held at the historic Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and inspired by a long-unheralded rock’n’roll pioneer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, as a jumping-off point to explore the egregious erasure of Black people in the arts. “We’re more than a statistic, we’re more than the bad story, we’re more than the killings, we’re more than that,” the designer says in a clip from the film, which will premiere at two drive-in movie events this fall, one in New York and the other at a location to be announced.