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.
Category: Black Identity & African Diaspora
Fashion and ‘fashioning’ remain crucial parts of gender expression and the performance of identity. Fashion’s potential to signify and convey identity in material form is comparable to the power of words to convey meaning in linguistic form.
The museum is an essential space within historiographical discourses because it facilitates, in part, the ways we collectively remember our pasts and the ways in which we create and curate our own histories.
Hair is an essential part of visual and cultural identity and this selection from our library explores representations of Black hair throughout art, fashion, and history.
This list explores moments of Black fashion history as they appear in documentary film.
This week’s roundup centers fashion on the African continent. The canon of fashion history is one that often excludes non-white cultural producers who exist outside of Europe and the United States.
At the face of growing police violence and discrimination in the 1940s, the zoot suit became a symbol of resistance among Mexican Americans and African Americans.
This week, Research Assistant Kai Marcel is guiding us through what they have found on ‘Fashion and Enslavement’:
This list comprises sources that delineate and decolonize established beauty norms that govern how we as a society understand, engage with, and value or devalue individuals based on how beautiful they are perceived to be.
When it comes to the Black, lived experience, there is much to be said about the way dress and hairstyling is critical in making a statement, building community and refining one’s self-definition.