Rapper IDK is teaming up with luxury fashion brand Dior to give 25 BIPOC students from many different backgrounds a tuition-free course to “receive the knowledge, skills, and resources required to jumpstart their careers in the music industry.” The students will also be “dressed in Dior” and will be provided uniforms that are unique to help “change the public’s perception of high fashion and higher education.” This marks the return of No Label Academy and has “support of The Northwest Labs at Harvard University, IDK and No Label’s 10-day music business seminar makes its triumphant return later this month, Aug 19 – Aug 27.”
Kim Jones and IDK also teamed up to imagine how the uniform would look, “dreaming up exclusive uniforms in the emblematic colors of the prestigious American university, from burgundy to navy blue and cream” and “using the House’s fundamentals and the creative singularity of the artist”. These uniforms include “a sweatshirt, a t-shirt – made from precious Sea Island cotton – and a pair of chino pants” and include a “Dior Explorer moccasins, punctuated with CD Diamond or Dior Oblique graphics” with a patch depicting the program.
“The purpose of this project is not only to support No Label Academy students with uniform/casual wear, but also to show that underrepresented communities belong at Harvard and other Ivy League schools. This will bring us one step closer to breaking the barriers that people of color face when considering an Ivy League education”, says the rapper.