Hip-hop historian Elena Romero, adjunct assistant professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, appears in the new documentary The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 2. The film shows the ways in which women have influenced and evolved hip-hop fashion, and how this influence has often gone uncredited. It follows the journeys of celebrity stylist Misa Hylton, streetwear designers April Walker and Kerby Jean-Raymond, and legendary Harlem tailor Dapper Dan. Lisa Cortés and Farah X are the film’s co-directors.
In the film, Romero provides historical perspective on the importance of hip-hop and fashion. She highlights the highs and lows of the fashion business and shares the advice she received when she entered a male-dominated industry. “I applaud Lisa Cortés and Farah X for creating a film that addresses the contributions women, particularly women of color, have made to hip-hop and fashion,” says Romero. “They are celebrities in their own right. Finally, these extraordinary women have their stories shared on the big screen. The world needs to know about their personal stories of triumph, the relevance of their designs, and their influence on global fashion.”
Romero is a fashion journalist who has covered the hip-hop fashion scene since the 1990s and is the author of Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry.
For more information, contact Romero, (212) 217-4470.