What a moment! On May 11, it was announced that Paris will reopen for real, in-person shows, with real-life guests for couture week this July. In addition to the surreal news, Kerby Jean-Raymond's Pyer Moss will be showing through the week, after accepting an invitation to feature as a guest member for the AW21 shows by Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
While we can't know what the House has in store, we do know that Jean-Raymond's acceptance of the prized invitation will dub him the first Black American designer to show on the official Haute Couture schedule.
Since the pandemic, Pyer Moss has gained international acclaim and recognition for its efforts to assist those in need during the pandemic, by transforming its NYC office into a donation centre. It was also worn by US Vice President Kamala Harris for a COVID-19 memorial ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.
This year's Haute Couture Week is slated to take place from July 5 to July 8 in Paris, and has been permitted to go ahead following eased restrictions from France’s third lockdown. Alongside Couture week, Paris Fashion Week Men’s will welcome physical shows in June, if all goes according to plan.
Under the reign of Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, those invited to participate must cater to private clients and design made-to-order clothing, alongside showing at least 50 original garments every January and July, keeping in line with the precise and rigid calendar.
Pyer Moss' presentation will join other highly anticipated shows like a one-off Jean Paul Gaultier Couture collection by Sacai designer Chitose Abe, and Balenciaga’s return to Couture after more than 50 years, alongside the usual suspects of Dior, Chanel, and Schiaparelli.