Jason Bolden and Law Roach Speak Out on the Lack of Black Designers at the Golden Globes

From stars dressing in all-black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement in 2018 to the annual call for more diverse nominees, the Golden Globes have become a stage for social commentary and this year’s red carpet sparked a debate on the lack of stars wearing Black designers. 

In a Golden Globes review published on February 28 in WWD, Booth Moore directly asked, “where were the Black designers?” “For all the discussion about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the HFPA membership, and the Golden Globes snub of every single Black-led ensemble film in the motion picture category, there were precious few designers of color represented on the virtual red carpet. And that’s something the talent could control,” Moore wrote. “In the era of symbolic, values-led dressing, which was on full display at the Biden inauguration, it felt like a missed opportunity for stars to say more with their clothes.”

Moore’s comments soon reached celebrity stylist Law Roach – Zendaya’s go-to, who dressed Tiffany Haddish in a metallic Alberta Ferretti dress and Anya Taylor-Joy in a stunning emerald Dior number for the night – and Jason Bolden – who dressed Cynthia Erivo in a neon Valentino show-stopper. The two stylists linked up to discuss Booth’s article in an Instagram live on March 1, explaining why they found it hurtful and why they felt it questioned their integrity as stylists. (Moore’s piece only included and highlighted quotes by L.A.-based stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who dressed Viola Davis in Claude Kameni.)

The stylists argued Moore’s piece ignores the gatekeeping and elitist barriers that limit which brands actors and stylists get the option to work with. “It’s not been long that these houses started to dress Black women. Let’s not forget about that part. We can go back and we can see who these legacy houses were dressing before. We just got to a point where the doors have been opened and we are even allowed to pull [these clothes.] And, on the reverse side, let’s also talk about the fact that, with A-list Black talent, it if wasn’t for the ones that f*ck with us, we wouldn’t exist,” Law explains. “What people don’t understand outside of this industry is there’s still a list… and I’m still not on that list,” he continued. “This list consists of five white women and this is the list that is presented to [Black talent so they think,] ‘If I don’t work with these women, it’s not going to happen for me.’ It’s this lie that’s perpetuated at these big agencies, at these big PR firms.” 

Both stylists also questioned who is responsible for giving teams access to a more diverse selection. “What [Booth] is implying is that the brunt of diversity and inclusion all should be on our backs,” said Law. “What’s unfair about that is that we are still not the ones that hold the power and we are still not the gatekeepers. At what point are our white counterparts held responsible?” Jason and Law express that they believe the push for more diversity on the red carpet should also be led by actors and stylists of other races, and those with more access and power. “It is not my responsibility to take on the weight you guys have created. You created this space of discomfort and oppression and doors that have never been opened for people who look like us,” said Jason.

In response to their IG live, Booth posted an apology to her Instagram account, with the comment option disabled. In her post, Moore states that she is sorry if the column was “offensive.” “I was hoping to bring up what I thought was a legitimate issue as highlighted at the Presidential Inauguration when [Biden’s and Harris’s] families wore clothing that supported America’s diverse creative industry,” she wrote. “I did not mean to imply that it is only the responsibility of a Black stylist or Black talent to support Black designers. It’s the entire industry’s responsibility to support diversity and inclusion. Thank you for voicing your concerns on this issue so that we can do our part to address them,” Moore ended her note, seemingly addressing Law and Jason directly.

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