Bajan named Caribbean Fashion Director for Fashion Week Brooklyn
Barbadian stylist, designer and creative, Junior Sealy (photo by Kris Shot It)
Barbadian-born stylist and designer, Junior Sealy, has gotten one of his dreams come true and now he's set to forge new paths for Caribbean designers.
The 32-year-old has been named as the Caribbean Fashion Director for Fashion Week Brooklyn 2020.
Sealy shared the exciting news on his Instagram this week with the caption:
“OKAY SO THIS HAPPENED. Wish yuh boy some blessings and love on this new journey as Caribbean Fashion Director of Fashion Week Brooklyn…I hope to create an amazing platform for the talented people for our region to shine…”.
He also thanked Ricky Davy who is the creator of the bi-annual fashion show and is the founder of the BK Style Foundation. Davy, is from the Caribbean as well, hailing from the twin-island republic, Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Davy started Fashion Week Brooklyn, to help talented black designers who don’t have the opportunity to make it into New York Fashion Week.
Speaking to Loop Lifestyle, Sealy expressed he was "overwhelmed" and "happy" when he was informed of the decision.
"They could have chosen anyone else to do it," he remarked.
The Barbadian designer/stylist will be responsible for showcasing the works of new and upcoming Caribbean designers to the international market. It is no easy feat but he is ready to tackle the job. Sealy expressed that he wanted to use this opportunity to put the spotlight on the works of young Caribbean designers.
"This is an opportunity for me to put on the younger generation who wouldn’t have had a platform is really something I am excited about. . . . I feel this platform can allow a lot of designers to grow and improve themselves by knowing that they have a place to be seen now," Sealy said.
Sealy also wants to use his position as creative fashion director to mentor and "expand the thought process" of young local designers.
"I would like to use my position to mentor people to get to the level of foreign fashion weeks. I feel like now there is an angle outside of Barbados that they would push harder and also create a brand that is more international".
Sealy revealed that FW|BK 2020 will be a virtual show. Themed Empowering Brooklyn Style, the first season was rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the virtual show is expected to take place in mid-September.