Kimberly Jenkins Wants to Help Decolonize Our Understanding of Fashion

The fashion scholar shares her hopes for her new online platform, the Fashion and Race Database.Kimberly JenkinsPhoto: Courtesy of Fashion and Race DatabaseKimberly Jenkins has made waves in the fashion education sphere for shedding necessary light on the role race has historically played in fashion. As a part-time lecturer, she taught a popular elective “Fashion and […]

Black Fashion, Beauty and Culture Scholars to Follow

We’re taking notes, literally.André Leon Talley and Robin Givhan in 2015.Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Robin GivhanAs a fashion and beauty publication, the very least we can do is use our platform — today and everyday — to amplify the voices of the many talented Black people who make this industry what it is. In addition […]

Kimberly Jenkins Is Disrupting Fashion Education by Embracing Diversity and Addressing Racial Discrimination

Her new Parsons exhibit, “Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities,” considers the industry’s exclusionary past while proposing a radical new future.Kimberly Jenkins. Photo: Anastasia GarciaWhy do we wear what we wear, and how does race play a part in our clothing choices? This is just one of the many challenging questions scholar Kimberly Jenkins asks herself […]