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The Fashion and Race Database Project

Fashion is one of the most visible ways that identity, culture, and cultural memory can be expressed on an everyday basis, both in contemporary and historical times. The Fashion and Race Database Project examines the intersections between fashion, race, and the legacies of colonialism. Describing itself as "an online platform filled with open-source tools that expand the narrative of fashion history and challenge mis-representation within the fashion system," this project was initiated by its director, Kimberly M. Jenkins, who is also a lecturer at Parsons School of Design and a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute. Visitors to the project should begin by reading its Vision Statement & Purpose (under About) for an overview. In the Articles & Studies section, readers will find written pieces on topics such as representation, the politics of clothing and appearance, and reviews of relevant exhibitions and runway shows. The project also has a Resource Library, where readers will find links to a selection of scholarly books, more than 30 videos of lectures and panel discussions, and a directory of other organizations, projects, and blogs whose work is relevant to this project. For readers interested in postcolonial cultural studies, the Fashion and Race Database Project may be a helpful resource.
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