The Directory:


All Walks Beyond the Catwalk

All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is an initiative founded by Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor working with influential catwalk designers, top industry creatives and fashion students and their colleges to challenge the fashion industry’s dependence on...

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Black Beauty Archives

Curated from the hearts and minds of Black women, the Black Beauty Archives encompasses the history of our past, documents the present while imagining the future. Our mission is to preserve, document and celebrate the history of Black Beauty through cosmetics and...

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Black Dress

Black Dress is an illustrated platform of achievement of Blacks in the fashion industry. The goal of the initial exhibit was to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of ten Black contemporary fashion designers.


Clothing & ____

Everyone wears clothing and participates in consumer culture in some way, yet outside of higher education there are few outlets for critical conversations that take a de-centralized approach to the subject and critically examine clothing as an embodiment of lived...


Cut From The Same Cloth

Perceived as the visual representation of Islam, hijab-wearing Muslim women are often harangued at work, at home and in public life yet are rarely afforded a platform of their own. In books and in the media we are spoken on behalf of often by men, non-hijabis, and...


Disarming Design From Palestine

We believe that design practices function as an instrument for social change, emancipation and self-empowerment. Through the act of design, Palestinian and international practitioners engage in complex politicized realities and empower design as a way to resist...


Documenting the Nameplate

Documenting the Nameplate is a project celebrating nameplate jewelery culture. We host open-call events where attendees can have their nameplates photographed and share their stories for our forthcoming book. All participants receive a copy of their portrait. In...