This week we’re excited to share The Fashion and Race Database with you. Founded by Kimberly M. Jenkins, the project’s principal researcher, The Fashion and Race Database grew out of Jenkins’ experiences teaching fashion history and theory, and her disillusionment with the lack of diversity in resources for teaching courses in fashion. What originated as The Fashion and Race Syllabus, Jenkins’ collaborative project with scholar Rikki Byrd, has evolved into the current database (relaunched in early July), with the central goal of amplifying BIPOC scholarship and histories in the fashion industry. In addition to the ongoing support the database offers to established BIPOC writers, they also aim to support diverse futures in the fashion industry by offering publishing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
The database is comprehensive, and serves a multitude of functions for fashion designers, students, educators, creative professionals, and scholars alike, with plenty of offerings for those more casually interested in fashion as well. You can subscribe to the database using the subscription box found at the bottom of each page. You can also support their work directly by donating to the database here.
The site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, but if you are looking for a place to start, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of my favorite features below.
Among the many features of the database are: