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‘A mirror to the room’: Pyer Moss, specular strategy and Black Lives Matter

by Molly Desjardins

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Drawing on Walter Benjamin’s version of historical materialism and with reference to the concept of despecularization from psychoanalytic film theory, this article looks at the historical and cultural significance of Pyer Moss’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show, where Kerby Jean-Raymond, the artist and designer behind the label, used the runway to bring attention to state-enforced violence against Black men and women.

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