Black History Month: Black is Fashion

Kristal Ombogo Black History, Culture

Following the rise of the BLM movement this last summer, there has been a significant increase of awareness from non-black allies to #BuyBlack and pressure for the fashion industry as a whole to elevate Black-owned businesses and creators. Historically, there has been a complicated relationship between Black culture and the fashion industry, with one too many cases of appropriation and …

Peggy Noland’s Shocking Oprah Dress

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Most recently, there has been quite a stir about the particular fashionable taste of fashion designer Peggy Noland. One of her graphic dresses displays a life-size image of what appears to be an unknown, and unclothed, Afrikan American female with a photo-shopped image of Oprah’s face in exchange.  There are multiple images of women and even one with an image of …

No Color on the Runway

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The fashion industry is successful in creating and marketing unique trends that can appeal to consumers from all walks of life. Unfortunately, the fashion industry is also known for its lack of diversity in the representation of models of color, particularly that of Afrikan-Americans. The underrepresentation of Afrikan American models in the growing fashion industry is gaining widespread attention in …