The (Mis)Education of Fashion: A deeply rooted problem. An Examination of the Specific Case of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute

by Fleur Span

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The tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, led to a wave of protest worldwide. With many people coming forward to share their personal experience of racial inequality and (institutional) racism, the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), that expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter publicity without addressing their own involvement internally, came under fire. In the past, AMFI has not contributed to improve the situation with regard to – latent and manifest – racism and has kept up with eurocentrism and orientalism through the whole institution and its curriculum. Which is problematic, since the institute allows racism to maintain. The consensus is that there’s a lot more work to be done, and a lot more (structural) changes to be made.

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