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Talk #141

Andrew Ibi

Tuesday 24 September 2024, 5.30pm

Salutation Pub (upstairs)
Higher Chatham Street
Manchester
M15 6ED

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A video recording of this talk will be available from 24 October.

Andrew Ibi is a designer, activist, artist, curator, dj and educator. He is currently the programme leader for the BA Fashion: Design & Communication course at Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, visiting professor at Middlesex University and External Examiner at The RCA and Westminster Fashion. Awarded Graduate of the Year at Middlesex University in 1996, starting his career at Joe Casely-Hayford, Ibi went on to head up menswear design for Burlington and Club Monaco, before embarking on his own successful fashion labels. In 2008, Ibi launched award-winning cult retail concept space, The Convenience Store, stocking high-end, luxury womenswear including Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh and Maison Margiela. In 2019, Ibi launched the arthouse swimwear brand, E.Macbean with his partner Eleanor, debuting during London Fashion Week 2019 with a presentation that explored the tensions between the female body and the fashion gaze. Alongside Harris Elliot and Jason Jules, Ibi co-founded The BOLD Agency (The Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency) in 2020, working in partnership with the British Fashion Council and the Institute of Positive Fashion on numerous initiatives focused on inclusion and diversity, intent on changing the narrative around Black British fashion and its contribution to British culture. The BOLD Agency curated ground breaking major UK exhibition ‘ The Missing Thread’ in 2023/4 at Somerset House, London, exploring the missing narratives and untold stories of Black British fashion culture from 1970-2005, simultaneously presenting the first major archival Joe Casely-Hayford exhibition.

2020 also saw the co-founding of FACE, Fashion and the Arts Creating Equality, an active network of Black educators lobbying for educational change and equity with a goal of connecting academic work with industry practice. Joining the dots and sitting on the British Fashion Council diversity & inclusivity steering committee was a key factor in Ibi initiating the MA Joe Casely-Hayford Scholarship Award, a legacy of The Missing Thread. Currently, Ibi is working on a new project, The Jazz Carnival, aiming to reposition and reconnect Jazz music and style back to Black communities in Manchester and London through events, exhibitions, performances and interventions.