Nude for All!
nude (the colour)
a colour of clothing or make-up resembling that of the wearer's skin.
Nude was originally named after the Western-European centric Caucasian skin tone. It is close to beige in terms of being a pale shade of the mixture of brown and white.
The Nude Gallery
The Nude Gallery will be Ubuntu Museum's first ever gallery. The official launch of our museum and gallery will be this October 2019 during Black History Month in the United Kingdom.
We would like to invite visitors to join us for an event filled month for all to enjoy (families, school groups, office team building groups etc) for our festivities in October and our regular year round museum programme hence forth. Follow us on social media for updates.
The Nude Gallery will be a pop-up collection of is a collection of products manufactured to deliberately mimic skin tones i.e. ballet shoes, sticky plasters/ band aids, ladies underwear and many more everyday items.
Since conception of the idea for The Nude Gallery, at end of 2017, companies like Freed of London, (the world's leading designer and manufacturer of professional dance shoes), became the first UK company to create pointe shoes for Black, Asian and Mixed Race dancers in collaboration with Ballet Black a professional ballet company for international dancers of Black and Asian descent. The fruit of their year long collaboration the 'Ballet Bronze' and the 'Ballet Brown' pointe shoes, have been on sale since October 2018.
Tru-Color Bandages, a family run business in the US that produces plasters or bandages for darker skin tones is another company that has captured our interest. As of April 2018 their products have been available in Target stores in the US and their were also famously the product behind a Tweet by Dominique Apollon that went viral. Apollon's Tweet to date has generated over half a million Likes and 100,000+ Retweets, following his share of holding back tears at the feeling of wearing a band-aid (plaster) in his own brown skin tone.
Over the past 2 years of research we have archived dozen of articles related to products made in the colour "nude", including the stories of Rahab Wanjau. a black woman in Canada who was unable to get a prosthetic to foot to that matched her skin tone after amputation, the fashion controversy that was a hot topic in 2015 as to why Michelle Obama's ball gown which clearly did not match her skin tone was described as "nude" by it's designer. However we might view the level of importance of these two stories from comments made by the former,(Wanjau) "I would love to feel whole again, to feel more confident, to embrace this artificial part that is now part of my body."
Our vision for The Nude Gallery is a space where conversations about "nude" items can be had. We want to share stories and peoples experiences and feelings towards nude items. We also want to celebrate people and organisations that have made moves to be inclusive and why - Why are they creating nude items for all of us?
. ; exploring the s whether they be about how people of colour have felt left and development we have discovered a dozen or so companies that embraced the ethos of inclusivity and diversity in their product portfolios and our aim is to connect with them to celebrate the possibility of a future which is conscious in producing product for everyone.
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