Institutions 

The Centre for Fashion, Diversity & Social Change (Ryerson University)

The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) unleashes fashion’s power to foster diversity, equity and inclusion, and lead social change through the creation and dissemination of alternative fashion objects and media.

Harlem's Fashion Row

Harlem's Fashion Row is the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers. HFR has become the epicenter of fashion for the multicultural audience.

National Museum of African American History and Culture–Clothing and Dress

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

The Nowes Ark Archive, part of the Consolidated Clothing and Costumes Archives (Costar)

Welcome to the archive for the Non-Western Clothing Archive (Nowes Ark) curated by Professor Bobbi Owen and housed in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art.

Collectives

Costume Institute of the African Diaspora

The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is a growing resource hub for anyone with an interest in costume, fashion, textiles and adornments from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Decolonizing Design

Our objective—as design scholars and practitioners—is to transform the very terms of present day design studies and research.

Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion (formerly the Non-Western Fashion Conference)

The Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion was established in 2012 to move beyond the stubbornly persistent Eurocentric and ethnocentric underpinnings of dominant fashion discourse and to construct alternative narratives.

Blogs & Databases

Afrosartorialism

A research project on fashion and streetstyle sartorialism from Africa by Dr. Enrica Picarelli

BASE: Database of Fashion and Textiles Studies in Latin America (BASE) 

BASE aims to broaden our understanding of the field of fashion and textile studies in Latin America, exploring the relationship between fashion and textiles, including but also going beyond scholarly works and academic contributions, considering knowledge generated by researchers but also practitioners both from within and outside the region. As an independent project, it aims to expand the general understanding of fashion as a creative, productive and commercial endeavor, mapping and gathering other non-scholarly and alternative contents and discourses on fashion as intellectual and political praxis.

The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion is a ten-volume reference work, and the first to explore all aspects of dress and fashion on a global level, from pre-history to the present day.

Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom

Fashioning the Self explores the politics of fashion among people of African descent during slavery and the emancipation era.

Medieval People of Color 

People of Color in European Art History.

Non-Western Historical Fashion

Because historical fashion encompasses more than just Western fashion.

 

Projects

Not Your Momma's History

Not Your Momma's History consults with and aids museums, historical sites, historical societies, private businesses, etc. in developing specialized programing about slavery and the African experience within 18th and 19th century America. Created by Cheyney McKnight.

Black Dress

Black Dress is an illustrated platform of achievement of Blacks in the fashion industry.