STYLE AND CULTURE
ASOS MAGAZINE CHATS WITH COLLUSION
November 29, 2018
Jebi: "Back home [in Cameroon], each tribe has its own way, so when they step into the world, each tribe is identifiable. The clothing, collaborators, models, message — all of that amazingness is like a tribe."
Rene: "COLLUSION means doing things together — as in every single person, not just fashion people, models, able-bodied people, white people or rich people."
Why it’s needed...
Rene: "Being a queer, working-class woman of colour, I got involved to be my own voice as opposed to someone speaking for me."
Clarissa: "I thought, 'I want to do consulting because so many brands do it wrong.' I want to be the one who says, 'No, you have to do it like this!'”
Spencer: "It’s not just us six, there are thousands of people who feel the same but don’t have a voice — COLLUSION’s given us that."
Jebi: "I’ve never fitted in, that’s what I want people to realize — it’s alright to be different."
It's a work in progress...
Jebi: "We spoke about the fashion industry and researched brands doing things well, and brands who weren’t."
Grace: "One of the exercises was to go through magazines and create a wall of perfect representation. That’s when I saw from everyone’s perspective what they wanted to see. I said I couldn’t see anyone disabled and everyone was like, 'Wow, we didn’t understand it until now.'"
Clarissa: "Just because you’re represented doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be considerate of other people who aren’t. Just because someone’s represented, are they represented the right way? Are they represented genuinely? Is this an authentic story that’s being told?"
Jebi: "It’s hard sometimes to express yourself without coming across as overly confident — Chidera taught me to speak up more. Spencer is my babe! We vibed from the start. He invited me over to his house and I cooked pasta — I ended up on his YouTube channel!"
Rene: "I’ve learned how to collaborate because I’m a bit of a control freak about my art. It’s been nice to relax into other people’s ideas."
Spencer: "I’ve learned to listen. It’s easy to judge what it’s like to be someone else until you have a conversation."
Grace: "I thought I was open-minded before, but I didn’t realise there are so many social issues and that I could help. I felt uncomfortable talking about race, but Chidera told me, 'Just ask questions.'”