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The ladies behind Of a Kind are always on the hunt for new, talented designers to collaborate with, and their latest edition with Anna Lynett Moss of the handbag line Chiyome is no exception. However, it's Moss' backstory that steals the show in their recent interview. Why? Because she currently teaches a class on fashion theory at Rikers Island.
Her course is a part of the Prison Education Initiative, and her class is composed of roughly 30 female inmates. One recent lecture analyzed cultural identity and the Burberry Prorsum resort collection, and another looked at body image through the lens of The Row. She explains: "In their Fall 2012 collection, The Row presented their work on all white models. What does it mean for my students of color not to see many icons of beauty who mirror their image? Many of my students claimed they felt alienated by conventions they see in fashion advertising and on the runway." To read the entire interview, head here.
· Anna Lynett Moss Teaches Fashion School—at Prison [Of a Kind]