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Why do we wear what we wear? For some, it’s just a matter of personal style. For others, fashion choices are dictated by socio-cultural factors such as work environments, cultural norms, political and/or religious associations, gender, and even race. In my interview with Kimberly Jenkins, fashion educator at both Parsons School of Design & Pratt Institute, she highlights past views some have had about fashion through lens of race. She discusses how fashion pioneers like June Ambrose & Misa Hylton charted new courses in fashion in spite of race. She also explains how her own research in Fashion & Race seeks to foster communicative pathways to the hard to broach topic of race relations in our country. The work Kimberly is doing has been mentioned and featured in VOGUE, The Wall Street Journal, New York Mag, Fashionista, i-D, WWD, Dazed, Refinery 29, Nylon and so many more! I have no doubt that Kimberly's work stands poised to change the trajectory of fashion studies as we know it. Listen to episode 53 of The Fashion Alumni Podcast to hear Kimberly's story! To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Kimberly Jenkins Website: IG: @kimberlymjenkins

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