This week, we review the Met Gala’s most significant statement looks, delve into why Balanciaga is being accused of cultural appropriation, and examine how fast fashion is intertwined with a major human rights crisis.
Textures synthesizes research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers, and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists including James Van Der Zee, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mary Sibande and Zanele Muholi. Exploring topics such as the preferential treatment of straight hair, the social hierarchies of skin, and the power and politics of display, TEXTURES is a landmark exploration of Black hair and its important, complicated place in the history of African American life and culture. The exhibition is organized by the KSU Museum with co-curators, Joseph L. Underwood, assistant professor of art history at KSU and Tameka Ellington, associate professor at the School of Fashion at KSU. “Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair” is on view in Kent State UniversityMuseum until August 14th, 2022.
The word “luxury” is often mentioned in relation to fashion. But, what, exactly, is luxury? While there might be a number of dictionary definitions for the term, the reality is that the meanings of luxury are constituted socially and vary depending on the context. This reading list offers five case studies that reveal different meanings of luxury that have emerged in specific contexts, past and present, from around the world. Compiled by FRD Researcher, Laura Beltrán-Rubio.