“Fashion and Justice: Creative Interventions” Open Lecture and The Fashion and Justice Workshop

The Fashion Studies Department will host two events centered on the intersection of fashion and justice featuring visiting scholars Kimberly Jenkins and Jonathan Michael Square.

The Fashion Studies Department will host an open lecture titled “Fashion and Justice: Creative Interventions” Friday, April 19 and an event titled the “Fashion and Justice Workshop” Saturday, April 20. Both events will feature visiting scholars Kimberly Jenkins and Jonathan Michael Square. Each event is partially supported by a grant from the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

On Friday, April 19, Jenkins and Square will present an open lecture at The Hokin Project Gallery. In conversation with Fashion Studies Assistant Professor Lauren Downing Peters, both scholars will discuss how “the creative practices of curating and zine-making (among other things) can serve as entry points for contemplating how marginalized and radicalized communities understand themselves and their place in the world.” This lecture is free and open to the public. Design and Cultural Studies students are encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served before the event. Registration for the lecture can be found here.

On Saturday, April 20, the daylong “Fashion and Justice Workshop” will include an analysis of artworks and projects, partial film screenings, reviews of relevant literature, conversations with guest speakers, and a look at artists working in a variety of mediums. The workshop will “examine the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity.” Jenkins will present a lecture titled “Fashion and Race: Progressing the Field Through Public-Facing Work” and Square will present a lecture titled “Sewing the Fabric of Freedom." Participants will leave the workshop with “a syllabus equipping them with tools to understand how marginalized communities harness fashion to negotiate the complexities of power and visibility (and the lack thereof), proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system.”

A complete schedule for the “Fashion and Justice Workshop” can be found here. Tickets are $25 for non-Columbia participants, and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and coffee. Columbia students and faculty members can receive free admittance by emailing fashionstudies@colum.edu. Registration for non-Columbia participants can be found here.

Kim Jenkins specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race and gender shapes the way we ‘fashion’ our identity. Based in New York, she holds an MA in Fashion Studies and is a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design, where she debuted the undergraduate course “Fashion and Race” at Parsons, examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business and image-making. In fall 2018, Jenkins curated her first exhibition, Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities (October 27–November 11), along with The Fashion and Race Database, an online resource for all things related to the analysis of fashion and race. Jenkin’s expertise has been called upon at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Ryerson University, Seton Hall University and SXSW, and her work has been referenced by numerous publications, including The Financial Times, NYLON, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Fashionista, I-D, and DAZED.

Dr. Jonathan Michael Square is a writer and historian specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora. He has a PhD in history from New York University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and BA from Cornell University. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Fashion Institute of Technology, and currently at Harvard University and Parsons School of Design. He also runs the digital humanities project Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, which explores the intersection of fashion and slavery. 

Open Lecture: “Fashion and Justice: Creative Interventions”
Friday, April 19
6–7:30 p.m.
The Hokin Project Galley
623 S. Wabash Ave. 

Fashion and Justice Workshop
Saturday, April 20
8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Room 301
624 S. Michigan Ave.