Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom

A social media platform that explores the politics of fashion among people of African descent during slavery and the emancipation era.

Fashion and Justice

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.


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.


Community Curating: Stitching Together the History of a People, Sept. 16, 2017

Inspired by the current 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.

Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage and Freedom, March 4, 2017

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.