Designing a More Inclusive World Through Fashion
Throughout her work as a global fashion editor and stylist, GABRIELLA KAREFA-JOHNSON is celebrated for her ability to tell inclusive and expansive stories that make an impact beyond the world of fashion. In this engaging program, Gabriella shares her work as an industry-leader in the world of fashion to break barriers and increase representation, offering lessons and inspiration that resonate with every industry.
Styling the Future, One Cover at a Time
Stylist and celebrated fashion director GABRIELLA KAREFA-JOHNSON has created some of the most iconic fashion magazine covers in recent memory, featuring icons such as Serena Williams, Vice President Kamala Harris, Amanda Gorman, and more. Serving as Global Contributing Fashion Editor at Large for Vogue, she is known for her expressive and stylistic storytelling informed by a background in Art History, and her expansive and inclusive vision for the future of the fashion industry. In this talk, Gabriella shares her vision and takeaways that apply across mediums.
College & University Audiences: Bringing Your Experience to Build Your Career Path
In this motivational talk geared toward college and university audiences, GABRIELLA KAREFA-JOHNSON delivers an inspirational message toward students and early-career professionals about how to leverage education and experience to build the career path of their dreams. A gifted mentor and trusted voice, Gabriella touches on balancing expectations with your own vision to build resilience, carve out a path forward, and stay true to your dreams.
Gabriella Karefa-Johnson is a New York-based stylist and editor of Caribbean and West African descent known for her keen eye for up-and-coming designers, as well as her narrative-led approach aimed at diversifying representation in fashion. The stylist, known for her looks pairing disparate colours, textures and silhouettes, worked as associate fashion editor under fashion director Tonne Goodman at Vogue.
In 2017, she was named fashion director of biannual fine art and high fashion publication of Dasha Zhukova's Garage Magazine where she harnessed her expertise in contemporary American Art first honed at Barnard College from where she graduated Cum Laude in 2013.
After returning to Vogue In 2021, she became the first Black woman to style the magazine's cover. As Global Contributing Fashion Editor at Large, she has styled 14 international covers of Vogue, featuring Serena Williams, Paloma Elsesser, Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman among many others. Gabriella is known for her fierce propagation of inclusion in the industry and continues to strive for a fashion landscape accepting and exhausting of everyone.