29 Nov 2023

The Black British Renaissance

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Tracing the legacy of Black British fashion with Andrew Ibi, Jazzie B & Martine Rose

The late 80s to the early 90s saw a Black cultural renaissance in Britain. Artists and designers like Sonia Boyce, Joe Casely-Hayford and Soul II Soul were breaking new ground across the arts and changing the landscape for Black creatives. While putting together The Missing Thread exhibition, co-curator Andrew Ibi (Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency), realised that despite its significance this era hasn’t been given its due. In this episode of the Process, Andrew rectifies that, tracing the thread back to a lost generation of Black creatives to explore how Black fashion arose from the club and the back room sewing machine rather than the catwalk.

He looks back at that time with Jazzie B, whose group Soul II Soul soundtracked the era, and with cutting edge designer Martine Rose, who has worked with everyone from Drake to Kendrick and Balenciaga.


Jazzie B
Martine Rose
Andrew Ibi


Produced by Alannah Chance
Presented by Andrew Ibi
Series presenter is Laurent John
Sound Design by Nick Ryan

The Missing Thread is sponsored by
Morgan Stanley