Advancing the Fashion System

Ways that I am making the fashion system more equitable, diverse and innovative through research, advocacy and community building.


 
 
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Co-founding member, The Fashion Studies Alliance

The Fashion Studies Alliance is a New York-based network and support system for professionals working in the fields of fashion studies including archiving, curating, conservation, design and research that fosters collaboration, growth, support and the development of individuals and the community.

 
 
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Steering committee member, Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion

The Research Collective for Decolonising Fashion (RCDF) was established to end the stubbornly persistent euro – and ethnocentric underpinnings of dominant fashion discourse and to construct alternative narratives. The RCDF acknowledges that fashion systems are diverse, whether independent of (historically), or influenced by (more recently), Western-dominated fashion. It encourages critical investigation and dialogue into that commonly denied, forgotten or otherwise hidden diversity, and explores interconnections among fashion systems outside the dominant ‘world fashion city’ network, by providing a multidisciplinary and multicultural forum where new critical paradigms can be developed from cross-cultural perspectives.

 
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Advisory board member, The Model Alliance

The Model Alliance promotes fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from the runway to the factory floor.

By assisting models and other stakeholders in understanding the laws applicable to them, and by encouraging them to have a voice in their work, the Model Alliance identifies common areas of concern in the fashion industry, conducts strategic research with leading research institutions to inform policy initiatives, and educates the industry and the public about our core issues.

 
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Part-time lecturer, The New School

Recipient, ‘Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Justice Teaching,’ May 2018

As a lecturer at The New School, I am developing courses and presenting guest lectures that engage social justice issues and diversify the fashion curriculum. In addition, I am involved in supportive community building with fellow faculty of color.

Grant recipient, ‘Innovation in Education Fund,’ July 2017–June 2018

Through initial funding from The New School, I was able to launch The Fashion and Race Database Project, a dedicated (online) platform with open-source tools that address the intersection of power, privilege, representation and aesthetics within the fashion system.