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Kai Toussaint Marcel

Kai Toussaint Marcel is a writer, researcher, and cultural historian whose work centers queering the body politics of fashionability, gender, race, and power. They are currently a member of the curatorial team and a Research Assistant at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they provide support with exhibition and departmental research. Kai is also a Research and Curatorial Assistant at the digital humanities project Rendering Revolution. Prior to their work at the Met, they worked as a researcher for the Fashion and Race Database. Kai holds a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion from Sarah Lawrence College and Wadham College at the University of Oxford.
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Anu Lingala

Anu is a trend forecaster, brand strategist, and founder of Revisionary: a space dedicated to reframing our aesthetic vision and decolonizing our aspirations by centering BIPOC-owned brands. She also helped launch Public Service: a platform and creative studio working to advance equity in imagemaking. Anu has always been passionate about applying sociocultural and historical analysis to contemporary industry contexts. She holds a BS in Apparel Design from Cornell University and an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art, where her dissertation examined cultural appropriation in fashion.
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Adriana Hill

Adriana Hill is entering her third year of the Fashion Communications program at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her mixed studies of fashion theory, history, and illustration have led to her deep appreciation of Haute Couture and historical dress construction. This appreciation motivates her research interest in 18th Century Baroque dress and its relationship with Asian traditional dress through Orientalism. After concluding her studies at Ryerson Adriana hopes to pursue a postgraduate education in Fashion History and work in curation.
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Safia Sheikh

Safia is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Design in Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her work is driven by a desire to decentralize and decolonize narratives within popular fashion discourse. Safia’s interests in fashion research lie in the understanding of globalization’s impact on identity construction, and its resulting effect on dressing practices, particularly those of Muslims across the globe.
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Fashioning the Self

Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom is a digital humanities project that predominately explores the intersections between slavery and fashion, but is also an entry point for exploring larger questions of race, identity, and equity. Founded and run by Dr. Jonathan Michael Square, Fashioning the Self presents on social media platforms its original content, articles, archival images, and videos with explanatory captions. Beyond these curated social media posts, the project also provides a forum and laboratory for scholars to explore their identities through creative expression and critical reflections. These online conversations are expanded through limited-run zines, exhibitions, conferences, and speaking engagements.
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Darnell-Jamal Lisby

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, notably seen through the contribution of his thesis “Dressing Queen B: Beyoncé's Onstage Costumes and Fashions.” As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Master of Arts in Fashion and Textiles, he has participated in the production of several fashion exhibitions and general curatorial endeavors at various New York City institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum at FIT.
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Rikki Byrd

Rikki Byrd is a writer, educator and curator, with research interests in Black studies, performance studies, fashion studies and art history. Her research has been published in several academic journals and books, and exhibition catalogs. She has also written for Teen Vogue, Artsy, and Hyperallergic, among several other media outlets. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University.
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Jareh Das

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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Tayana Fincher

Tayana Fincher is the Volunteer & Interpretation Coordinator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and former Nancy Prophet Fellow in Costume & 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 RISD in 2020. Her research analyzes continuity and pluralism in the diaspora arts of African and Islamic regions.
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Kanika Talwar

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. Her studies have helped her hone her appreciation of covering the history of fashion, high fashion, and multicultural fashion. After concluding her studies at LIM College, Kanika hopes to pursue postgraduate education in fashion journalism and work in editorial.
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Angela Tate

Angela Tate is a PhD Candidate in History at Northwestern University, where her research looks at Black women's internationalism and performance through material culture, radio, and texts. Her work has been highlighted at numerous conferences and publications, and she also has an extensive background in public history.
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Maegan Jenkins

Formally trained in fine art with an emphasis on fiber and textiles, Maegan Jenkins is currently an MA/MS candidate in the Costume Studies and Library and Information Sciences dual degree program at NYU’s Steinhardt. She is the former graduate Fellow at the White House Historical Association where she curated Glamour and Innovation: The Women Behind the Seams of Fashion at the White House. 
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Elizabeth Way

Elizabeth Way is Assistant Curator of Costume at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her exhibitions include, Global Fashion Capitals (2015), Black Fashion Designers (2016), Fabric In Fashion (2018), and Head to Toe (2021). Way’s personal research focuses on the intersection of African American culture and fashion. She edited the book Black Designers in American Fashion (2021). Way holds an M.A. in Costume Studies from New York University.
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Camay Abraham

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. She hopes to further explore fashion, wellbeing, and trend analysis through journalism or lecturing. Currently, her study on cultural appropriation in culturally inspired fashion has been submitted for academic publication.
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Zari Alyssa Taylor

Zari Taylor is a current graduate student in the Communications department at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Her research interests include black digital culture, fashion and performative allyship. She is originally from New York City.
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Samarth Puthanmadhom

Samarth Puthanmadhom is a junior at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, one of the top boarding schools in the country. At Hotchkiss, he is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is an avid learner and has a great passion for fashion. Recently, he began writing his own fashion blog which prompted him to learn more about the fashion industry.
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Faith Cooper

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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Ameera Steward

Ameera Steward is a freelance journalist and photojournalist who considers herself a voice for Black stories. She has written about the likes of Stevona Elem-Rogers, Keisha Knight Pulliam, April Ryan, Aurora James, and more. But throughout her career she found she neglected a very integral part of herself - the fashion historian. Her current goal is to continue telling Black stories, but from the fashion lens.
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Es-pranza Humphrey

Es-pranza Humphrey is a historian of Black studies and museum educator based out of New York. She received her BA in History from the University of New Haven and her MA in American Studies from Columbia University. Her research has incorporated interdisciplinary approaches to spotlight the Black feminine identity expressed through various forms of performance art. Her latest research endeavors focus on the history of fashion as activism for Black women.
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Balbir K. Singh

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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Treonna Turner

Treonna Turner is currently entering her second year of the MA fashion studies program at Parson School of Design in Paris, France. She is currently using her time to focus on her dissertation research, while using her fashion history expertise, archival skills and fashion design experience to be a freelance writer. Her mission is to democratize, re-present, and re-package fashion for people of color.
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Aaron Francis

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. The former chair of the City of Kitchener’s Arts and culture advisory committee, most recently in June of 2020 Aaron co-organized and marshaled the KW Solidarity March that saw an estimated 30,000 attendees.
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Carol Muthiga-Oyekunle

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. Her passion for design was rekindled and, in 2013, Lolita Lorenzo was born. The line of jewelry and minaudière is inspired by Carol’s diverse cultural influences: merging traditional African textiles with acetate and Plexiglas in symbolic, colorful, geometric forms. Carol is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London (MA Fashion Accessories/Eyewear).
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Nancy Micklewright

Nancy Micklewright writes about the history of photography and fashion history in the Ottoman Empire with a focus on gender, and is currently working on her new book, Dressing for the Camera, Fashion and Photography in the late Ottoman Empire (wt). Through 2019 she was Head of Public and Scholarly Engagement at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She has a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture.
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Joey Kim

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. Her first book project, Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation, identifies a new mode of cultural production about the “East” in 19th-century transatlantic literature and art. Kim also works on global Asian culture, multiethnic U.S. literatures, and creative writing. Body Facts is her first book of poems, released in 2021. She has also published in the LA Review of Books, Pleiades: Literature in Context, Essays in Romanticism, and others. 
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Gillani Peets

Gillani Peets is a multi-media journalism student at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. His areas of research include Afro-Diaspora history, culture studies, film studies, and queer activism. Through storytelling and social commentary, Gillani hopes to bring a new perspective to fashion history.
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Kathryn C

Kathryn is a writer and pop culture critic from NYC.
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Joyce Gayo

Joyce is an MFA Fashion Design student at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her work includes historical references of the French Colonial period of the 17th & 18th century in the West Indies. Influences from her Afro-Caribbean roots, femininity, and her mother. Joyce’s focus of interest in fashion is the global limitations and lack of inclusion of high-profile black women fashion designers in the fashion industry.
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Alex Perry

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. Catch her latest thoughts on Twitter @WhoIsAlexPerry and her most recent bylines at www.alxperry.com. 
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The Zay Initiative

A non-profit, UK registered initiative advancing the preservation of cultural heritage through the collection, documentation and digital archiving of Arab historical attire and their stories. Our goal is to empower and sustain global cross-cultural dialogue to inspire creative minds.
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Dan Hastings

Dan Hastings is an award-winning journalist based in London. His work focuses on the intersections between pop culture, politics, gender, power and fame. He is a contributor to Attitude Magazine, British Vogue, Business of Fashion, French Marie Claire, Teen Vogue and French Vanity Fair, among others.
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The Creative School

Housed within the Creative School, alongside eight of Canada’s best university programs for creative and cultural industries, The School of Fashion is part of a rich, interdisciplinary community at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). The Creative School connects faculty and students across its programs to provide innovative course offerings, technical resources, research opportunities, creative projects, and community collaborations.
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Michelle Guo

Michelle is an emerging fashion/art curator, writer and historian. She holds a B.A (Hons) majoring in Art History and Sociology from University of Melbourne. Her Honour's thesis critiqued the rise of fashion exhibitions in museum spaces. She is interested in interactions and intersections of art and fashion with culture more broadly.
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Nicole K. Rivas

Nicole K. Rivas is a fashion historian, archivist, and researcher. She examines the entanglements between archives, objects, and women's history across contexts to preserve the stories of worn clothes. Her mission is to materialize accessibility not only in the 21st century but for research needs a hundred years from now. She holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons, BA in Studio Art/Art History from UC Riverside, and is a current scholar at St. John’s University MSLIS Archival Studies program.
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Philip Harris

Philip Harris is a fashion photographer, multimedia journalist and content strategist based in New York City. His work celebrates and depicts modern fashion through authentic portrayals of people of color and nonbinary gender identities. A graduate of Howard University, Philip adapts academic approaches to the creative process of commercial art.
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Dr. Lisette Ordorica Lasater

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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Samantha Haran

Samantha Haran is a fashion and culture writer, academic tutor, creative and Honours Law student at the University of Queensland in Australia. She is passionate about exploring the relationship between fashion, culture and identity through an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist lens. Samantha has also worked on a range of ethical fashion creative projects, including the High Fashion Twitter Met Gala, Undress Runways and Brisbane Fashion Month.
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Renée Robinson

Renée Robinson is Caribbean-American, and a current PhD candidate at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in the School of Law and Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) in Paris, France. Her research centers on the paradoxical schism of public and private international law impacting the global value chain in the fashion and textile industry. It is focused on how the elements of worker rights, environmental litigation, and racial capitalism are molded by law in fashion.
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Jonathan M. Square

Dr. Square specializes in Afro-Diasporic fashion and art of the 18th and 19th centuries. His current book project, Negro Cloth: How Slavery Built the Global Fashion Industry, explores self-fashioning among enslaved peoples as a profoundly political act and one of the most radical forms of self-affirmation in a slave society. He has taught at NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and currently teaches at Harvard University. Square has published in a number of academic journals as well as the popular press (Refinery29, Fashionista, Hyperallergic), and in exhibition catalogs including Willi Smith: Street Couture, Garmenting. He was the curator of the exhibitions Slavery in the Hands of Harvard and Freedom from Truth: Self-Portraits of Nell Painter at Harvard University. Square founded and runs the digital humanities project Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom.
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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 post your announcements at any time.

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. Pitch an object using the form found on the Contact Us page (link...

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...