The fashion industry was — and still is — built on a colonial model of extraction and exploitation, often at the expense of the environment and human rights. Recent scholarship has called for the reimagining of the system. This requires unlearning what we know about fashion in order to change common understandings of power, reorient metrics of success, and dismantle tokenism, appropriation, and misrepresentation within the fashion system. This reading list offers five perspectives on how to decolonize fashion.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.