The canon of fashion history is one that often excludes non-white cultural producers who exist outside of Europe and the United States. In the past, when African fashion has been included, at best, it was presented as simple and unchanging—and as “costume” instead of “fashion.” At worst, it was not presented at all. Here is a selection of five different sources that can help us to decolonize and broaden the scope of the global fashion system.
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.