Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage and Freedom, March 4, 2017, Weeksville Heritage Center
This conference explored some of the many facets of the intersection between slavery and fashion, bringing scholars, designers, and artists into conversation around this understudied (and often challenged) topic.
#SlaveryMadePlain, July 4, 2017
A series of guerila performance art pieces – in collaboration with historical interpreter and artist Cheyney McKnight – that highlights the enduring legacy of slavery in modern American society.
Fashion & Justice, July 15, 2017, Parsons School of Design
A workshop series that examines the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. This is a collaboration with Kimberly Jenkins, a professor of fashion history and theory at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.
Community Curating: Stitching Together the History of a People, Sept. 16, 2017, Weeksville Heritage Center
Inspired by the Fashioning the Women of Weeksville exhibit, the conference included artists, writers, academics, curators, and other members of the Weeksville community who devoted themselves to understanding fashion in black communities.
From the Runway to the Factory Floor, Nov. 21, 2017, Harvard University
A intimate conversation with founding director of The Model Alliance Sara Ziff no how to use fashion and, in particular, the model industry as a tool to flight for a more just fashion system.
Comme des esclaves, Nov. 28, 2017, Harvard University
A pop-up exhibition curated by student in my "Fashion and Slavery" course at Harvard University. Each student was asked to present three visual artifacts that illuminate some connection between fashion and slavery. This catalogue joins their best papers and exhibited images with photographs from the day of the exhibition.
Fashion & Justice, Feb. 3, 2018, The Contemporary Austin
This second iteration of the Fashion & Justice workshop is a collaboration with the Austin-based Immediate Fashion School. We will hold the workshop at The Contemporary Austin in the lead up to their show by the accomplished African American artist Rodney McMillian that opens that same weekend.