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FRD Case Study: Clothing Inside: Addressing American Prisons

“Can you imagine a new world, beyond prisons? How would it look? How would it feel?” Join us as we present a case study that explores dress and structural power.

Clothing has the utility of both empowering and disempowering the wearer, where color, shape and the overall style of what we wear can define what we want to express about ourselves – or enable others to define our position in society. The prison system can be seen as a microcosm for the latter, suppressing individuality through uniforms that reinforce a sense of shame. The project (and past exhibition) Clothing Inside: Addressing American Prisons explores how incarcerated individuals grasp for their humanity through the scarce materials they have on hand.

Fashion studies researchers and curators of Clothing Inside, Tzuni Lopez and Rashida Ricketts, will introduce us to their unique focus on the use of dress and other material objects amongst incarcerated individuals, widening the scope of the Prison Industrial Complex’s psychosocial impact.

Here’s what you will takeaway:

  • Learn the limits and possibilities of state-mandated material items inside prisons
  • Discover the clothing items that are allowed for self-expression and protection
  • Discover the items of dress allowed to protest conditions of confinement
  • Hear the stories that shaped and led Tzuni and Rashida’s project

Participants received this short syllabus to support a learning journey on this topic.

About the curators

About Tzuni Lopez

Tzuni Lopez is a fashion researcher, lecturer, and independent curator currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centers on the methods whereby fashion engages with everyday performance, and the manner in which that engagement affects conceptions of “normative” bodies and identities.

About Rashida Ricketts

Rashida Ricketts is the content creator, producer and host of Graves to Gardens Podcast. She initially developed a strong interest in activism and the arts while in school which planted the seed for the concept behind her podcast.


13 Jan 2024
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 13 Jan 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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