As Jean-Raymond tells it, the concept itself was crystalized in an ayahuasca-induced reverie. “We did the ceremony as a team out in Joshua Tree back in March,” he explained. “And that same morning we’d had a call with Kering when the discussion about applying to be on the haute couture schedule came up.” Little over a month later, with his application in, Jean-Raymond set about working on the collection, a tribute to 25 Black inventions drawn from an extensive list at the Library of Congress. To bring the ambitious concept to life, he set up camp temporarily in a spacious studio in Westlake, Los Angeles, enlisting the help of Hollywood fabricators and costume designers. “I didn’t want to do this like a regular collection, I wanted to do this like Sesame Street and Pixar,” he said.
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