Collegiate Fashion & Activism: Black Women’s Styles on the College Campus

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Presenters -- Dyese Matthews & Kelly Reddy-Best

Come hear a presentation about the ways Black women college students attending predominately white institutions in Iowa express their Black identity, activism, and expressions of empowerment through fashion. Learn about the use of Black women’s everyday clothing and its connection to Black student empowerment on the college campus, both historically and today.

The lecture will highlight research that informed an exhibition at the Iowa State Textiles and Clothing Museum that runs from February 3 - April 17 in the Mary Alice Gallery (1015 Morrill Hall). Example objects from the exhibition will be available to view at the presentation.

Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management.

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