Inclusive fashion design for Target’s Black History Month
When MIAD saw on Instagram that alum Daneisha Kirksey had designed graphics and prints for Target’s Black History Month, we reached out to find out what inspires her. Here’s what Kirksey, who studied Illustration and Communication Design, and is a fashion illustrator, graphic designer and an associate apparel designer at Target, had to say.
What inspired your work/designs for Target’s 2024 Black History Month?
My designs for Target’s Black History Month are inspired by trends that were standing out within the market. There were a lot of contemporary types, produce signage, tie dyes and sun motifs. I wanted to utilize these trends and find quirky moments to add uplifting messaging to boldly stand out. I wanted to create an impact that was wearable and that everyone could connect with while being stylish.
What inspires your work/aesthetics in general?
I feel inspired by fashion and what’s trending on runway shows. The color choices, prints and silhouettes always inspire me. Virgil Abloh’s work also inspires me with how he made streetwear look so beautiful and luxe. Geometric shapes are inspiring to me as well. It’s amazing how you can take something apart and create a design from it.
Your images look size inclusive as well. Is there anything you’d like to say about that?
In the market today there tends to be an exclusion to what is supposed to be deemed as normal. I feel like times have gradually changed and progressed, so I like to advocate for body inclusivity and people of color. Being a black woman breaking into the corporate fashion industry I want to create fashion illustrations that feel relatable. So, when I get the chance to create these illustrations for my job I get to create from normal-shaped and plus-size bodies.
Follow Kirksey on Instagram @daneishakirksey.
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