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. Not only is fashion a central piece of the history of colonial industry, it also helps articulate colonialism’s complex web of hierarchical subjectivities and oppressive cultural norms.
About The Author
Kai (they/them) is an aspiring cultural and fashion historian. Their work centers the body politics of beauty, clothing, identity, glamour and style and their interactions with the meaning-making functions of the fashion system. Their work also attempts to decolonize exclusionary historical discourses by centering the histories of queer and Black peoples who have been systematically obscured from collective memory. Kai is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where they received a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion.