This first week of AAPI Heritage Month, we focus our discussion on issues relating to Asian American culture and fashion. Over the last year, there has been a terrible spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Asian women have been especially affected – they are more than twice as likely as men to report experiencing a hate incident. Hollywood is often referenced for its key role in establishing the problematic tropes that fetishize and exoticize Asian women in Western culture. But fashion has played a part too – from its complex historical entwinement with imperialism and Orientalism, to more recent examples, like Vogue’s 2017 ‘Geisha inspired’ editorial featuring Karlie Kloss or Dolce & Gabbana’s 2018 ad campaign mocking Chinese culture. FRD Contributor Anu Lingala explores how the fashion industry has responded to recent tragic events.
“Stop Asian Hate” by Victoria Pickering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Tommy Hilfiger partners with The Fashion and Race Database
“The People’s Place Program will partner with FRD to fund and support a new research study called ‘The Unsung History of American Sportswear’ to uncover overlooked influences from Black American culture on signature TOMMY HILFIGER styles. Over the course of 2021, the research will be developed into content series and educational resources that will be available internally, and to industry peers and consumers. The material will be designed to engage with audiences about the unrecognized areas of American style, and to open new dialogue on how marginalized history can come forward through purposeful collaborations in the industry.” Read the full press statement on the PVH website.
Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place was established in Elmira, New York, 1971. Image credit: Vestoj.com
Explore these Sections
Podcast Episodes Highlighting Black Fashion History
Our latest Reading List features dynamic conversations about Black fashion history, including interviews with Black artists, academics, and cultural commentators. These episodes explore topics ranging from what it means to be Black in academia, to Black contributions in developing European and American high-fashion. Compiled by FRD Research Assistant, Kai Marcel.