Objects That Matter

Photograph of a cotton plantation

Cotton

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Photograph of a cotton plantation

Madras Fabric

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Photograph of a cotton plantation

Sporting Kente Cloth

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TOMMY HILFIGER

Essays & Opinion

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

A Great Day in Hip Hop – A Decade of Hip Hop Style’s Influences

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Photograph showing Martin Luther King, Jr., alongside students at Bennett College

Fashioning the Protest

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Beyonce performs at 2018 Coachella wearing an HBCU inspired costume

Styling the Quad: Fashioning the Legacy of HBCU Culture

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TOMMY HILFIGER

Profiles

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

Willi Smith

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Misa Hylton poses in front of a concrete wall

Fashion Architect Misa Hylton

News clipping of Isaia Rankin and a model from the August 3, 1988 issue of Women's Wear Daily

Isaia Rankin

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TOMMY HILFIGER
Black and white photograph of Sam Cooke seated and looking at the camera.

Sam Cooke

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TOMMY HILFIGER

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From The Directory

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

Bethann Hardison

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

House of Aama

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The Invisible Seam Podcast

The Fashion and Race Database partners with Tommy Hilfiger to launch a new podcast, The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion.

The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion features compelling interviews with expert guests, including designers, academics, fashion historians, museum curators, stylists and artists. It’s hosted by Kimberly Jenkins of The Fashion and Race Database.

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In The Library

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

Stylin’: African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

Book Cover

How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Black Designers in American Fashion

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

Man kneeling with one leg

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity

Liberated Threads book cover

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Empire of Cotton book cover

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Scholarly & Popular Articles

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Patrick Kelly Was the Jackie Robinson of High Fashion

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Fashion’s Racial Reckoning

Films & Documentaries

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Fresh Dressed

Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

The Gospel According To André

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

Red, White and Indigo: The Hidden Commodity of the Slave Trade

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