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Workshop: Fashion & Justice

  • Parsons School of Design 66 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

"Fashion & Justice" is a daylong workshop that my colleague Jonathan Michael Square and I have organized. Jonathan is a writer and professor of history specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora, currently teaching at Harvard University. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute and Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, specializing in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race and gender shapes the way we ‘fashion’ our identity.  

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. "Fashion & Justice" will examine the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The agenda will include an analysis of archival images, select films, artwork and fashion objects that has galvanized social justice, in addition to a compendium of literature that expands our knowledge of fashion history and culture. The significance of contemporary designers and artists will be interpreted through the groundbreaking work of journalists, curators, photographers and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens. Timely topics will also be addressed, including, but not limited to, cultural appropriation and the decolonization of fashion images. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to better understand how fashion has been harnessed by marginalized communities, proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system. 

The seminar will include guest speaker Elizabeth Way. Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the Museum at FIT where she curated the Black Fashion Designers exhibition and symposium, and published a distinguished profile of black dressmakers Elizabeth Keckley and Ann Lowe for Fashion Theory

For press inquiries or additional details about this event, please contact Jonathan at fashioningtheself@gmail.com or myself at jenkinsk@newschool.edu. The tuition for the workshop is $30, and you can register here.