“My whole team knew we had to step in and take concrete action that went beyond feelings online,” Christophe kane said british Vogue of her latest project with BA Fashion Journalism and Fashion Communication and Promotion students at Saint-Martin Center.
Following a chat with her friend and CSM course leader, Judith Watt, the London-based designer and her sister, Tammy Kane, pledged to find a way to amplify the young BAME voices. The result: Platform, a monthly digital zine created by BAME students at the famous art school, of which Kane is an alumnus, will be launched via Kane’s 600,000-strong Instagram account on August 20.
Editors-in-chief of Platform, Hannah Karpel and Yelena Grelet, who are both interning in the fashion journalism course, tell British Vogue: “The main thing we have in common with Christopher Kane’s team is that we all want a level playing field for all of those going through these turbulent times.” The zine, which features the work of the next generation of fashion writers and image designers, will run on Christopher Kane’s social media for several days. “It was an opportunity to celebrate the talents of BAME – whether our friends, people we admire or strangers we just discovered – and to come together as a collective to produce something beautiful”, the editors said.
Platform is the latest publication from the team of The F word – an investigative, insightful and satirical work of a group of students spread over several promotions and integrating alumni of the Fashion Journalism course. The first issue features an open letter titled “My Black Hair,” written by freshman Ore Ajala, and interviews with Nigerian-Irish stylist Natalie Roar and singer-songwriter Joy Crookes.