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No Sesso LA AW20 campaign Clifford Prince King
Photography Clifford Prince King

No Sesso’s sundrenched AW20 campaign draws on the Harlem Renaissance

The LA label presents a series of images that celebrate creativity and community for the new season

As the biggest civil rights movement in history gains momentum and all four corners of the world come together to rally for the rights of Black people, it seems apt that subversive LA-based label No Sesso channelled another pivotal moment in African-American history into its latest campaign.

Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s, when a radical cultural movement spanning art, music, and literature was exploding out of the New York neighbourhood, founders Pierre Davis and Autumn Randolph present a series of lo-fi, sun-dappled images shot by photographer Clifford Prince King in Randolph’s home on 24th Street, Los Angeles. 

With the AW20 collection actually coming to fruition in Randall’s house, as she and Davis worked on it inside its walls, A Vignette of the Renaissance on 24th Street was debuted in LA back in February, with key looks including oversized shirts, patched-together sweaters with exaggerated sleeves, and loose-fit trousers, as well as semi-see-through chiffon slips and ruched dresses.

The intention of the campaign, Davis and Randolph explain, is “to inspire, lift your spirits, and highlight beautiful humanity”, and celebrate community and creativity in a time it’s never been more important to do so. 

Check the campaign out in the gallery above and head here to read our round-up of Black-owned brands to spend your hard-earned cash on. 

See the collection in action at No Sesso's AW20 runway show in the gallery below.