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February 2019

Fresh Dressed Documentary Screening and Award Ceremony Black History Month Closing Program

February 28 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Haft Theater, Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States

The documentary Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of hip-hop/urban fashion and its rise from Southern cotton plantations to the gangs of the 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in between. Supported by rich archival materials and in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life—and the outsiders who studied and admired them—Fresh Dressed goes to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town. A panel discussion…

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March 2019

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

March 31
Dubinsky Student Center, Fourth Floor Corridor, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

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…

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