Although fashion may not be the most intuitive lens through which to understand the nuances of slavery, it is deeply woven into the historical realities of the lives of enslaved people. While fashion was indeed used as a tool of hegemonic control, it was also a critical site of resistance, radical self-expression, survival, and liberation. Explore our collection of sources that address fashion and enslavement.
Image credit: Winslow Homer. Dressing for the Carnival, 1877. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Image: Josephine Baker performing in Amsterdam in 1960, Photograph by Harry Pot