Gorgy by Candy celebrates the meaning of Juneteenth with fashion

Fashion designer Candyce Scott presented some selections from her Gorgy By Candy fashion collection at a celebration of Juneteenth in Plainville, Conn. on June 19.

At the event, Scott, who is of African heritage, created clothing with the Pan African flag colors and added some fun sparkly fabrics and flowers to her designs.

Scott said flowers in her designs reflect peace, love and unity.

At the event, Scott – an alderwoman for the city of New Britain, reflected on the meaning of Juneteenth.

“Juneteenth is a celebration of freeing people from slavery. (I want) everyone to remember that the struggle is still real and that we have a lot of work to do in our communities to overcome racism and inequalities. My story as a Black woman is sad. My people did not come here for a better place to live, to participate in immigration, or a love story. They were raped, enslaved and forced to build this country. I do not want people to cry or feel bad about what has happened. Instead I am asking for unity and for all humans to start treating each other with kindness.”

Scott said, “I am making clothing and doing the work I do in my community to honor my ancestors, elders and build a better future for our youth.”