Fashion is inherently political. Throughout history, it has functioned as an expression of nationalism, activism, religion, and ideologies.
Category: Race, Ethnicity & Colonialism
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’:
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.
Resistance comes in various forms, and dress is one of them.