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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 Her work includes historical references of the French Colonial period of the 17th & 18th century in the West Indies.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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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. Rate: $295...

Profiles [500-800 words]

A profile of select Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) 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. Rate: $295 CAD for 500-800 words Pitch...

Essays & Op-Eds [1200-1500 words]

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

‘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 Assistant: Ongoing

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...