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Exhibition: Threads of Bondage, Invisibility, and Style Influence: Hidden African American Contributions to American Couture (Revisited) — Opens

February 11

February 11–March 31

It is estimated that between 1525 and 1866 some 12.5 to 15 million African men, women, and children were violently forced from Western and Central Africa into brutal captivity to provide labor for the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 450,000 of the 10.5 million who survived the overseas voyages were sent to North America to be enslaved. Within this environment developed highly skilled and valued enslaved dressmakers and seamstresses. The exhibition is in tribute to the many unrecognized women who but for their bondage would have been recognized as “designers.”

Items on view are provided courtesy of the Leonard Davis collection.

The exhibition is located on the west side of the fourth floor corridor connecting the Business and Liberal Arts Center and the Dubinsky Student Center.

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February 11
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Dubinsky Student Center, Fourth Floor Corridor
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States