While gender and fashion are distinct from one another, their abilities to signify, reflect, and shape each other are significant and often important sites of cultural meaning and definition. Similarly, the intersectionality of both racialization and gendering as sociocultural practices inform one another so that the knowledge associated with either subjectivity overlap, like a palimpsest, with layers of new and nuanced meaning being created all the time. This list of sources explores the intersection of Blackness, fashion, and femininity. Through their research and analysis, the authors featured in this list contextualize Black femininity as a discursive entity and investigate the ways it has been shaped and dominated by hegemonic institutions, but also the ways Black women and femmes have used the radical practice of self-fashioning to define themselves in spite of systems that have been built on their exclusion.
About The Author
Kai (they/them) is an aspiring cultural and fashion historian. Their work centers the body politics of beauty, clothing, identity, glamour and style and their interactions with the meaning-making functions of the fashion system. Their work also attempts to decolonize exclusionary historical discourses by centering the histories of queer and Black peoples who have been systematically obscured from collective memory. Kai is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where they received a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion.