Posted on: July 4, 2023 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to attend an inspiring event called “Fashioning Futures” at the renowned High Museum of Art. The event featured a riveting conversation between two influential figures in the fashion industry: Law Roach, the visionary fashion stylist, and Aurora James, the trailblazing designer and activist behind the brand Brother Vellies. Joined by Andrew Westover, the museum’s director of education, this captivating discussion delved into the transformative power of fashion and its ability to make a positive impact on society.

As I walked into the, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of anticipation and excitement. The venue, known for its exquisite art installations, seemed like the perfect backdrop for an event that aimed to bridge the gap between art and fashion. The stage was set for an insightful exploration of how fashion goes beyond mere clothing and serves as a medium for self-expression, cultural change, and social justice.


Aurora James, photo courtesy of Getty Images

Shaping the Future: Aurora James and the Power of Sustainable Fashion

Aurora James, the creator behind the ethically conscious brand Brother Vellies, brought a refreshing perspective to the conversation. Her commitment to sustainable practices and empowerment resonated deeply with the audience. She shared her inspiring journey of creating a brand that championed slow fashion and supported local artisans, becoming a symbol of change in an industry notorious for its fast-paced, disposable nature.

James spoke passionately about her belief in the importance of craftsmanship, sustainability, and inclusivity. She reminded us that fashion is not merely about what we wear, but also about the impact it has on the world around us. Through Brother Vellies, she sought to create a space where diversity was celebrated, cultural heritage was honored, and ecological consciousness thrived. Her message was clear: fashion can be a force for good, and we all have a role to play in shaping the future of the industry.

 Aurora James talks about her new book, “Wildflowers: A Memoir” and sustainability in fashion.


Law Roach, photo courtesy of Getty Images

Exploring the Journey: Law Roach’s Visionary Approach to Styling

Law Roach, with his charismatic presence and impeccable style, shared his extraordinary journey from a inner city boy with big dreams to becoming one of the industry’s most sought-after stylists. As he reminisced about his early struggles, it was evident that his passion and unwavering belief in the power of fashion had propelled him to where he stood today.

I was captivated by Roach’s stories of working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Zendaya and Celine Dion. He emphasized that for him, styling was so much more than just dressing a client. It was about crafting a narrative, a visual story that reflected their personality and made a statement. He urged us all to embrace our own sense of style fearlessly, reminding us that fashion has the power to empower and transform our lives in unexpected ways.

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Aurora James, Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, Fashion Editor of Upscale Magazine, Law Roach

Intersectionality in Fashion: Blending Art, Culture, and Social Change

One of the most thought-provoking aspects of the conversation was the exploration of how fashion intersects with art, culture, and social change. Both Roach and James shared personal anecdotes and experiences that highlighted how fashion can challenge norms, redefine beauty ideals, and inspire cultural shifts.

Fashioning Futures was an unforgettable evening that celebrated the transformative power of fashion. Through the remarkable insights of Law Roach and Aurora James, we were reminded that fashion is so much more than an ephemeral trend – it has the potential to shape cultures, empower individuals, and create lasting change.

In conclusion, the High Museum of Art once again proved its dedication to pushing artistic boundaries by hosting this enlightening conversation. As we move forward, let us embrace the potential within ourselves to use fashion as a tool for empowerment, sustainability, and inclusivity. Together, we can fashion a future where creativity knows no bounds, where the industry values diversity, and where fashion truly becomes a force for positive change.

Yours in fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds

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