The word “luxury” is often mentioned in relation to fashion. But, what, exactly, is...
Category: Concepts & Theory
Fashion is an essential tool in the construction of ideas about the ‘Other.’ By...
The relationship between Blackness and luxury fashion, with its long history of exploitation, erasure, and appropriation, is complex and fraught.
While race and ethnicity are subjectivities that deeply shape our individual and collective experiences, it must be said that neither are as inherent or “natural” as is suggested by media, pseudoscience, or institutional exercises like government censuses.
Plastic surgery participates in processes that define collective ideals about beauty, gender, and racial identity.
Fashion is inherently political. Throughout history, it has functioned as an expression of nationalism, activism, religion, and ideologies.
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.
The relationship between fashion and the body is integral to our understanding of our social and material lives.
The ongoing debate about cultural appropriation is more relevant now than ever. Not infrequently, the fashion system exploits the cultural elements of racialized groups of people under the pretense of an innocent “inspiration.”
In 2020, Holt Renfrew and Kimberly Jenkins produced a three-part panel series titled ‘Retail as a Portal.’ Watch the recordings from these powerful gatherings on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2020:
This week, Research Assistant Adriana Hill is guiding us through what she has found on Orientalism and its prevalence in fashion:
Perhaps the most contentious topic in fashion over the past ten years, cultural appropriation touches on a pressure point for many, as we grapple with the question, “who owns culture?”