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Chronicling the impact between Black culture & British fashion, GARMS premieres on My5

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Chronicling the impact between Black culture and British fashion, GARMS premieres during London Fashion Week on screens tomorrow Wednesday 21st February from 12pm on My5.

Chronicling the impact between Black culture & British fashion, GARMS premieres on My5

Fashion is a powerful force in shaping culture. In this dynamic one-off documentary, host Ayishat Akansbi delves into the influence of Black culture on British fashion by tracing the Black British experience from the Windrush era to the present day, spotlighting the development of style within Black British culture and its impact on mainstream British and global fashion.

Explored in four chapters that encompass the cultural journey of Black people across the UK: ARRIVALS, RESISTANCE, (sub)CULTURE and HOME – each act will take us on a celebratory journey about Black British style and propelling presenter Ayishat on a series of revelatory journeys that connect her with some of the most influential figures shaping and advancing the scope and scale of Black British fashion today.

The narrative is enriched with anecdotes from leading style icons and designers including Bianca SaundersMartine Rose, Clint419 and Foday Dumbuya and members of the public who were part of the movement, respected stylists, and fashion historians, providing profound insights into why certain styles endure.

Spanning from the 1960s to the present day, GARMS brings fashion moments to life through captivating archive footage, photos, sketches, and animation, paying homage to authentic fashion design and the garments themselves. No stone is left unturned, as we explore homes, raid wardrobes, visit key locations, and meet those who have defined the eras of Black culture and British fashion; and in a full circle moment, show how Black British style and new independent black owned brands are influencing the very global fashion markets that shaped its foundations today.

Cicelia Deane, Commissioning Editor for BET UK, commented: 

GARMS is a timeless BET UK original celebrates the impact of the black diaspora on Britain’s fashion scene, often resulting in a beautiful unique and progressive melting pot of cultures that we should be proud of

GARMS premieres tomorrow Wednesday 21st February on My5 from 12pm.

GARMS- Black culture’s influence on British Fashion is directed by Faraz Osman for Gold Wala. Executive producers for BET UK are Cicelia Deane and Collins Harris. 

Full Contributor List

Ayishat Akansbi Stylist, author no and cultural commentator 
Clint 419 Creator of cult brand Cortiez
Martine Rose Award winning menswear designer
Foday | Labrum Menswear designer and creative director, winner of Queen Elizabeth II for British Design
Lisa Maffia Queen of UK Garage, multitalented singer, songwriter and fashion designer 
Bianca Saunders British Fashion Councils one to watch. Menswear designer 
Susan Whitfield Stylist, Creative Director and Contributing Editor at British Vogue 
Pauline Black OBE Queen of British Ska
Samson Soboye Founder and creative director behind SOBOYE
Don Letts Renowned reggae DJ and documentary film maker 
Brenda Emmanus Broadcaster and journalist 
Jason Jules Stylist, multidisciplinary creative 
VV Brown British indie pop singer, model and record producer 
Shingai Front woman of platinum selling band The Noisettes
Tolu Coker British-Nigerian Fashion and Textiles Designer, Illustrator and Multi-Disciplinary Artist 
Mr Fully Paid Founder of clothing label Fully Paid 

BET Networks is the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in black culture. BET is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET International is part of Paramount, one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all platforms. bet.com

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