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Fashion, Style, Aesthetics & “Black Lives Matter”

A special issue of the journal of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture (Intellect)

‘Fashion is always at its best when it looks outside of itself for inspiration and holds up a mirror to society’. That is the opinion of fashion designer Maxwell Osborne, part of his July 2016 op-ed piece published in W magazine titled, ‘Why I stand with Black Lives Matter’ (Osborne 2016). His message to the fashion industry confronts the intersection of fashion with politics and social issues.

It was in July 2013 that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement began in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed neighbourhood watchman, who racially pro led, stalked, and fatally shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. It is ironic that critics blamed Martin for his own death because he was wearing a ‘hoodie’ (a hooded sweatshirt), commonly associated with black delinquency. What began as a simple hashtag, BLM has emerged as a prominent international social activist movement aimed at addressing police brutality against blacks. The movement has pointed a spotlight on systemic racism. Subsequently, it has made a splash in popular culture and in fashion.

Fashion designers (Pyer Moss), entertainers (Beyoncé and Jay Z), athletes (Colin Kaepernick), activists, and everyday people have successfully used fashion, style, and aesthetics as a means of bringing the public eye to BLM. Fashion, indeed, is a vehicle to further examine important social issues of the day. Therefore, this special issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture examines fashion relating to the BLM movement. This view includes how fashion intertwines with culture.

The call is open to written manuscripts from all research methods and disciplines. We encourage innovative and new popular-culture research, scholarship, and creative works about fashion, design, style, the body, and consumerism. 

Submission deadline: October 1, 2018

Additional information and submission guidelines can be found at the Intellect website.

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Fashion Unraveled
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