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Archival intimacies: Participatory media and the fashion histories of US women of colour | Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Archival intimacies: Participatory media and the fashion histories of US women of colour | Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Written by Minh-Ha T. Pham for Fashion, Style & Popular Culture
Volume 2, Number 1, 1 October 2014, pp. 107-122

This article discusses the critical and curatorial aims, materials and methods that underpin a digital fashion archive devoted to the histories of US women of colour called Of Another Fashion. It argues for the utility of participatory media in efforts to create not only new historical records of minoritized fashion histories but also new systems of record-keeping. Of Another Fashion does more than simply add to the history of US women’s fashion. Relying heavily on the ethics of sharing and co-creation intrinsic to participatory media practices, it is shaped by a techno-feminist approach to the historiography of US fashion histories in which commitments to cooperation and difference are central.

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