In Issue 07 of In the News, we consider how the pandemic brought attention to often overlooked labor issues, explore the problematic gap between consumer intention and action, spotlight the first couture collection by a Black American fashion designer, and examine the politics of policies that dictate public appearance.
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
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Decolonizing Sustainable Fashion
The necessity to create a more sustainable fashion industry has become increasingly eminent in the past decade or so. Yet the movement for sustainable fashion has remained a largely white phenomenon, inaccessible to most. This reading list offers a series of resources that share ideas on how to build a more just and sustainable fashion industry that works for larger and more inclusive groups of people. To do so, it is essential that we build an intersectional movement that goes beyond conscious consumption, question the dominant aesthetics in sustainable fashion discourses, adopt a decolonial perspective that reverses counterproductive interventions, and find strategies to create ethical and sustainable partnerships between designers and manufacturers from different countries. Compiled by FRD Researcher, Laura Beltrán-Rubio.