Rounding out our final In the News Issue for 2021, we examine the complexities of tackling cultural beauty standards in imagemaking, barriers to diversity in the jewelry industry, and the extraordinary impact of fashion overproduction.
“Vision” de Chen Man, image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
History is Rarely Black or White
In Canada, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre presents History is Rarely Black or White.
The cotton industry advanced climate change, widened global income disparity and commercialized the oppression of marginalized communities. Lives were irrevocably changed by these effects. History Is Rarely Black or White focuses on people groups brought forcibly to North America through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, as well as their descendants in the United States and Canada.
History is Rarely Black or White interrogates cotton garments in the Queen’s Collection of Canadian Dress through archival research and scientific analysis that connects these materials to resource extraction, Indigenous displacement, enslaved labour, and the Underground Railroad.
History is Rarely Black or White is opened until March 20, 2022. To learn more about History is Rarely Black or White click here.
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Damian Jöel, Songs of the Gullah, 2020 in History is Rarely Black or White. Photograph by Paul Litherland.
Refashioning Traditional Wear
This week’s reading list, complied by Research Assistant Alliya Lopez, discusses fashion’s place within discourses about Traditional Wear and how we can refashion it.
“This week’s roundup features contemporary narratives of traditional wear around the world. Exploring the diaspora of different cultures, the books in this reading list present reimagined displays of dress and objects that have long been associated with nationality and heritage. Innovation, modernity, and growth are exemplified in these sources.”