The Lack of Black

"Black people are the Curators of Cool, you often hear. But that is by no means always acknowledged or recognized. That has everything to do with power and history.”


Janice ———

“That’s why I’m so excited about this show. It's a celebration of black beauty, talent and culture that we hope will provide food for thought and give models and designers the credit they deserve.” 

Janice Deul, fashion activist ———


Virgil Abloh: ———

“I think it is my role as a designer to at all times stay true to myself and my story and to open doors to other black designers.”

image: Virgil Abloh x Louis Vuitton 

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Virgil ———

“I want to show the industry that I am not one specific scenario, but that the future of fashion can be diverse, also in advantage to the ecosystem.” 

Virgil Abloh, men's artistic director Louis Vuitton ———

Daily Paper———

“We are born or raised here, but we each have different backgrounds. For each collection, we dive into another African culture. Thus we learn more about ourselves and our identities."

Image: Daily Paper

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Daily Paper ———

“We want to inspire other third culture kids to acknowledge their roots. We want to give the western world o broader perspective on African culture through storytelling and design.” 

Jefferson Osei, Abderrahmane Trabsini, Hussein Suleiman, founders Daily Paper ———

Pierpaolo Piccioli ———

"I am after a balance of dreaminess, extravagance and soulfulness."

Image: Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli

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Pierpaolo ———

“I Involved Liya Kebede (LemLem label) in the process, creating something true to her, to Moncler and to my own sensibility. Connecting diversities is my idea of inclusive creativity.” 

Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director Valentino ———

Image: Lia Kebede en Pierpaolo Piccioli, via Moncler

Practical information

Voices of Fashion

Black couture, beauty & styles

A major new fashion exhibition entitled Voices of Fashion. Black Couture, Beauty and Styles. is set to open at the Centraal Museum. The show will be the first ever staged by an art museum in the Netherlands to query the white gaze as the default vantage point from which to present, wear and collect fashion. Underpinning the exhibition are years of research by black, brown and white people that show that the fashion world and our relationship with it continue to be shaped by the legacies of European colonialism. Voices of Fashion takes you on a little told story of fashion, with a stunning exhibition design by Afaina de Jong of AFARAI.


Media guide

Enrich your visit to Voices of Fashion with the free media guide. Listen to the personal stories of Guillaume Schmidt (entrepreneur and co-founder of Patta), Giovanca Ostiana (singer, presenter and model) and Denise Jannah (singer, composer and actress). Guillaume, Giovanca and Denise each chose their favourite artists, fashion designers and themes from among those presented in Voices of Fashion. Their stories are based on own experiences and memories, and on what they personally admire and appreciate.

The media guide can be used directly on your smartphone, without performing any downloads. Simply scan the code to open the media guide. In the first exhibiton hall, you can scan a QR code. Tip: bring your own headphones.


Along with the exhibition, the Centraal Museum publishes a book in collabaration with Serana Angelista en Glamcult. The book is packed with interviews, unique photo's, columns, essays and other contributions of inspiring and renowned persons in the fashion industry. You can purchase your copy of the book in the museum shop.

Participating artists

AiRich, Ashley Chew, AiAi Studios, Botter, Chokkas, Christopher John Rogers, Coco Olakunle, Cross Colours, Daily Paper, Darwin Winklaar, David Paulus, Di'Xpression, Dior x Maria Grazia Chiuri x Pathé'O, DJ Turne, Edson Sabajo, E-Life, Emmanuel Adjei, Filling Pieces, Frank Govers, Gucci x Dapper Dan, Hanifa, Haus of Stone (HOS2), Hosselaer | Farida Sedoc, Ikiré Jones, Kalkidan Hoex, Kenneth Ize, Kerry James Marshall, Kwame Brathwaite, Laetitzia Campbell, Lafalaise Dion, Lamula Nassuna, Lamula Nassuna x Othello De'souza Hartley, Larry Jay, Leroy Lucas, Lesiba Mabitsela, Libaya, Louis Vuitton x Virgil Abloh, Maartje van den Hurk, Marga Weimans Fashion House, Oscam, MAUKE V Jewelry, Marlene Dumas, Mattel, Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli, Myles Omeally, Nina Ricci, Off-White™, Ozwald Boateng, Paco Rabanne, Patrick Kelly, Patta, Percy Irausquin, Priya Ahluwalia, Pyer Moss, Rammellzee, Raquel van Haver, Real Fake Shoes, Robin Ramos x Kymani Ceder, Roy Villevoye, Roxanne Hehakaija, Sansovino6 x Edward Buchanan, Sneakerjagers, Stephen Burrows, Steve McQueen, Studio Wesseling x KB Mpofu, Sunny Dolat, Telfar, The Natural Nation, The New Originals, Thebe Magugu, Thebe Magugu x Kristin-Lee Moolman x Ib Kamara, Tom van Veen, Valerio Zeno, Vincent Vulsma, Walker Wear, WilliWear, XHOSA, XULY.Bët, Yinka Shonibare, Yves Saint Laurent.

Thanks to

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Afaina de Jong


  • [archief Thebe Magugu], Thebe Magugu, (2021)
  • Ballade van een katoenslaaf [gedicht], Michael Tedja, (De Gids : nieuwe vaderlandsche letteroefeningen, 184, 1), p. 9
  • De Gids : nieuwe vaderlandsche letteroefeningen, G.J.A. Beijerinck (Amsterdam)

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