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Darnell-Jamal Lisby

New York

Darnell-Jamal Lisby is a fashion historian and curator who specializes in the exploration of Blackness in the history of fashion from an art history perspective.

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Philip Harris


New York

Philip Harris is a fashion photographer, multimedia journalist and content strategist.

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Es-pranza Humphrey


New York

Es-pranza Humphrey is a historian of Black studies and museum educator. Her latest research endeavors focus on the history of fashion as activism for Black women.

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Samarth Puthanmadhom


Lakeville, CT

Samarth Puthanmadhom is a junior at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, where he is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and has a great passion for fashion.

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Joyce Gayo


Washington D.C.

Joyce is an MFA Fashion Design student at Howard University in Washington, D.C, USA. Her work includes historical references of the French Colonial period of the 17th & 18th century in the West Indies.

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Joey S. Kim


Toledo, OH

Joey S. Kim is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo. She researches global Anglophone culture and aesthetics with a focus on how Orientalist subjects and environments take shape in literary and artistic objects.

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Aaron Francis


Toronto, Canada

Aaron Francis is a doctoral student at the University of Waterloo, a multidisciplinary artist and a curator.  Aaron has exhibited works from his Vintage Black Canada initiative at the BAND Gallery Toronto, the Gladstone Hotel, and the Contact Photography Festival.

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Alex Perry


Evanston, IL

Alex Perry is a bilingual journalist. She advises for the Wall Street Journal’s magazine, Noted, and is a guest editor for The Guardian US 2020 Climate Change issue. She studies at Northwestern University, where she is pursuing a double major in Journalism and International Studies with a minor in Economics.

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Jareh Das


Lagos, NG / London, ENG

Jareh Das is a Lagos and London based curator, writer, and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Curating Art and Science from Royal Holloway, University of London for her thesis ‘​Bearing Witness: On Pain in Performance’ (​2018).

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Kanika Talwar


New York, NY

Kanika Talwar is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Media at LIM College in New York City. She primarily focuses on print and digital editorial articles and specializes in fashion, culture, lifestyle, and travel. Kanika is also the Fashion Editor at her university magazine, The Lexington Line.

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Tayana Fincher


Providence, RI

Tayana Fincher is the Nancy Prophet Fellow in Costume and Textiles at the RISD Museum. She received her B.A. in Art History and History from Williams College, and curated “It Comes in Many Forms: Islamic Art from the Collection” at the RISD Museum in 2020. Her research analyzes continuity and pluralism in the diaspora arts of African and Islamic regions.

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Dr. Lisette Ordorica Lasater


San Marcos, CA

Dr. Lisette Ordorica Lasater is an Assistant Professor of English at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.  Her areas of research include Chicana/Latina literature and cultural studies, Chicana feminism, and theatre and performance studies.

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Faith Cooper


New York, NY

Faith Cooper is a fashion historian who specializes in the cultural relationship between the East and the West. Her previous work experiences include working at Vogue, Christie’s, and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She currently works in the education department at The Museum at FIT.

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Camay Abraham


London, UK

Camay is a journalist, researcher and fashion psychologist from London College of Fashion with a master’s degree in fashion psychology. She has written for publications including Dazed, Screen Shot, and her style platform, Reflekt Magazine.

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Caroline Karungari Muthiga-Oyekunle


New York, NY

Carol Muthiga-Oyekunle is a Kenyan-American artist and accessories designer. An eternal New Yorker, she began her career in advertising and graphic design before launching her first jewelry and accessories line in 2001. In 2009, she followed her heart and moved to Paris, and took a hiatus to raise her daughters Chiara Lola and Siena Lorenza.

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Balbir K. Singh


Los Angeles

Balbir K. Singh is scholar of cultural theory, critical race and gender studies, and anti-colonial thought. Currently, she is at work on her first book, Militant Bodies: Racial/Religious Opacity and Minoritarian Self-Defense, which looks at the visual culture and body politics of Muslims, Sikhs, and other minoritarian subjects under the rise of global Islamophobia and contemporary surveillance culture.

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Samantha Haran



Samantha Haran is a fashion and culture writer, academic tutor, creative and Honours Law student at the University of Queensland in Australia.

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Fashioning The Self


Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom predominately explores the intersections between slavery and fashion. This digital humanities project is also an entry point for exploring larger questions of race, identity, and equity. Fashioning the Self presents original content, articles, archival images, and videos with explanatory captions on social media platforms.

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Become a Contributor

The Fashion and Race Database seeking contributors to publish original content, particularly essays or opinion pieces, and short profiles of Objects that Matter, or profiles of significant fashion figures. We also invite you to submit events and announcements. We are currently accepting submissions for publication in 2021.

Objects That Matter [500-800 words]

A short profile overview of an object in fashion: both its cultural origins and enumerated examples of its global reach/influence or even appropriation. Please see this example for an idea of length and the full description for this section of the website. Pitch an...

Profiles [500-800 words]

A profile of select racialized people who have shaped the history and business of fashion in the face of structural racism and adversity. Please see the full description for this section of the website. Pitch a profile using the form found on the Contact Us page (link...

Essays & Op-Eds [1200-1500 words]

We are looking for essays or opinion pieces that amplify voices and writing of racialized scholars, students, artists, archivists, curators, business professionals and more. We are particularly seeking pieces that are timely and address issues or nuances related to...

‘Our Fashion History’ [500-800 words, 3-5 photos]

Based upon an activity that Founder Kim Jenkins would facilitate during fashion history class or during her ‘Fashion and Justice’ workshops, ‘Our Fashion History’ invites contributors to present an essay that describes 3-5 family/personal photos, ultimately bringing a...

Call for Research Assistants (Summer/Fall 2021)

The Research Assistant will research, gather, catalog and publish knowledge-rich content, working in tandem with a lead editor. The assistant will not only contribute to this groundbreaking academic and creative platform, they will also acquire advanced research and...