FASHION THAT PREVAILS: A STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY BLACK DESIGNERS

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In this study I examine the experiences of contemporary Black fashion designers through their own words. I interviewed Black fashion designers in North America and asked about their journey working in the industry. In this study I have presented their struggles, triumphs, and joys. My research findings explored fashion design as a site where Black culture, dress, and identity are negotiated and produced. The goals of this thesis research were to:(a) understand the contemporary industry landscape that Black designers are working within, (b) propose ways in which Black representation and empowerment could become a norm in the apparel industry; and (c) to determine a way to convey my research findings to the public that celebrates the successes of contemporary Black designers. In this thesis, I discuss factors that contribute to lack of diversity in the apparel industry by focusing on a sample of surveys and interviews with contemporary Black fashion designers. I have interpreted this data using cultural studies and social justice perspectives.

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82 pages
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2020-05
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Black; Designer; Excellence; Fashion; Prevails
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Green, Denise
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Rooks, Noliwe
Brown, Mikaila
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Fiber Science and Apparel Design
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M.A., Fiber Science and Apparel Design
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Master of Arts
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