This week’s roundup explores the complex relationship between fashion, race, the body, and gender...
Category: Gender & Sexuality
While some mainstream histories attribute dandyism to white men in the 19th century, there is a much broader reality of Black people (including women and femmes) who have also employed this philosophy and lifestyle of dress, thought, and comportment in their own lives, both historically and within the contemporary moment.
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.
Collective ideas about womanhood are inseparable from discourses about race and ethnicity.