Friday, September 13, 2019

The remix:

hip hop x fashion




misa hylton, april walker, lisa cortes, and farah x 

Institute for Contemporary Art | Doors 7:30p | 90's Hip-Hip Happy Hour  

The story of how hip hop changed fashion, leading to the stratospheric and global rise of streetwear. It is a journey of African American creativity,  the women who created legendary looks and influenced style at large and the limitless possibilities of a cultural movement. 

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With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co-opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs, and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and many more. 


Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker , CNN, and Netflix. His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Fashion Designer

Dapper Dan

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For over twenty-five years, Misa Hylton has been at the forefront of fashion, music, and culture. Acclaimed for reshaping the fundamentals of style within R&B and Hip-Hop culture and transforming them into something entirely new, bold, and defining the signature of how an entire generation dressed.


Her skill for capturing an unforgettable moment while setting the stage for what everyone will want to wear next are immortalized in iconic looks. She has collaborated with major brands such as Pepsi, Viacom, Amazon, and the NFL. Her trendsetting work has appeared at red carpet events, in videos and the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, and Instyle.


She continues to revolutionize fashion at various levels - collaborating with MCM for her own soon-to-launch capsule collection, styling private celebrity clients, featuring as a commentary subject in two documentaries on music epochs, and teaching a new generation of stylists at her Misa Hylton Fashion Academy and professional studies courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Misa continues to transcend categories by constantly defining then re-defining modern style.  

Celebrity Stylist, Fashion Designer

Misa Hylton


LISA CORTES is an Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories. 

Her productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations, including the Academy Award®. Prior to her film career, Cortés worked with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to launch the iconic Def Jam brand. Later, as Vice President of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury Records, she signed many multi platinum and Grammy® Award-winning artists, and founded the iconoclastic label, Loose Cannon Records. 

Since launching her production company, Cortés Films, she has collaborated with directors including Ernest Dickerson and Gabourey Sidibe, producing innovative features, documentaries and short films that assert the centrality of diverse and untold stories while delighting audiences. 

She recently produced with Academy Award Award®-winning director, Roger Ross Williams a feature-length documentary about the legendary APOLLO THEATER and produced and co-directed THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION. Both films opened at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to great acclaim.

Producer, Director, Writer

Lisa Cortes

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April Walker opened her first custom clothing shop in 1988 called Fashion in Effect at the age of twenty-one. Three years later, she founded her own clothing label called Walker Wear. Her trailblazing styles were worn by some of the most iconic athletes and entertainers in the late 1980s through the 1990s such as Mike Tyson, Naughty by Nature, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, EPMD, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., among many others. They could be seen in popular films, television shows, award shows, and music videos. She was the first young Black woman to create her own clothing line in a male-dominated industry. - Wax Poetics

Founder, Walker Wear

April Walker


Farah X is an award-winning editor and director, whose list of clients include Prince, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé–among many other industry icons. 

She began editing at age 19, prior to attending the prestigious Film Production Program at USC. At age 20, Farah was hired to edit a project for famed Hellraiser director Clive Barker. She also directed her first music video around this time, which made the rounds at numerous festivals and got her on Billboard Magazine's "Top 10 Up and Coming Directors to Watch" list. 

Farah was sought out by Mariah Carey to be her personal editor. Soon after, she became the personal editor to the legendary Prince. Since then, Farah has gone on to edit and direct several award-winning projects, with a consistent focus on women’s stories–especially women of color. Her work has been showcased at SXSW, AFI Docs, LA Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix and iTunes. 

Farah co-directed and co-edited, The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion. She is also finishing her first novel.

When Farah is not editing or directing, she is often traveling or hiking with her dog, Ziggy. She calls Brooklyn, NY home

Director, Editor

Farah X


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