Archival intimacies: Participatory media and the fashion histories of US women of colour

by Minh-Ha T. Pham


This article discusses the critical and curatorial aims, materials, and methods that underpin a digital fashion archive devoted to the histories of US women of colour called “Of Another Fashion.” It argues for the utility of participatory media in efforts to create not only new historical records of minoritized fashion histories but also new systems of record-keeping. Of Another Fashion does more than simply add to the history of US women’s fashion. Relying heavily on the ethics of sharing and co-creation intrinsic to participatory media practices, it is shaped by a techno-feminist approach to the historiography of US fashion histories in which commitments to cooperation and difference are central.

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