Black Joy Day - Naomi: Model, Champion, Activist

Celebrate the 40-year career of model and cultural icon Naomi Campbell. Discuss the unparalleled contribution of this model, her activism and campaigning in support of Black designers, and her call for equity and diversity across the fashion industry

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Join our curators as they explore the creative content, themes, ideas, and designs of the ground breaking exhibition NAOMI: In Fashion, which was developed in collaboration with Naomi Campbell. Discover the woman from South London, who made it into the world of high fashion, her key accomplishments and meteoric rise to major model and iconic success, who became the idolised Black model admired internationally.

We examine Naomi’s activism from her early actions as a member of the Black Girls Coalition in the late 80s, to fronting the 2007 'A Black Issue' of VogueItalia, championing diversity on the catwalk, and ‘walking’ for emerging Black creatives to platform their designs, right up to her development with the museum, a powerhouse of talent who ‘commands’ her own exhibition, and who we may never fully appreciate.

Access to the ’NAOMI: In Fashion’ exhibition is included. A light lunch will be served.

'joy is an act of resistance' Poet Toi Derricotte.

'Black joy inspires us, keeps us uplifted through the toughest of times, and is radical in its simplicity to make us happy and confident in finding one’s collective voice. In Black joy we celebrate the Black experience, history, culture, and community cohesion, to share, listen and support others in our need to connect and be together.' Janet Browne.

A schedule of the day will be available shortly.

This event is in collaboration with the Black Gallery Visitor Network (UK).

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Header image: Naomi Campbell is at the V&A, photograph, by Marco Bahler, 2023, London, England. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London