Fashion has been used as a tool by people in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora to build...
Category: Race, Ethnicity & Colonialism
The necessity to create a more sustainable fashion industry has become increasingly eminent in the past decade or so.
The expansion of fashion is often understood as the result of the violent colonial enterprises of European countries around the globe. However, fashion in colonial contexts extended beyond the simple adoption — or imposition — of the styles of dress preferred by European elites.
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.
Esta lista de lectura reúne algunos ejemplos del trabajo de estudios de moda que se ha gestado desde latinoamérica, creado originalmente en español y portugués. // This reading list features the work of Latin American fashion scholars in both Spanish and Portuguese, from the study of Black fashion as cultural heritage in Brazil, to an examination of the relationship between fashion and modernity in the Americas.
Plastic surgery participates in processes that define collective ideals about beauty, gender, and racial identity.
Fashion and self-fashioning have remained important and highly visible aspects of organizing and movements of resistance.
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.
Constructs of race are the result of colonial enterprises and thought. Since the Spanish and Portuguese invasion of what we now call ‘Latin America,’ class, social economy, and cultural habits became important factors to categorize social groups into different ‘races.’
Each of these sources analyzes the enduring legacies of European colonialism within the fashion system and the ways in which colonial knowledges have continued to influence hegemonic ideals of beauty, culture, and identity.
This week, Research Assistant Kai Marcel is guiding us through what they have found on ‘Fashion and Enslavement’: