Of Another Fashion

An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color

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PRIVATE DONORS/CONTRIBUTORS, PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU SEND ANYTHING: By submitting images, text and personal information for possible inclusion on this site, you are agreeing to the following Terms of Submission. I reserve the right to publish your photos and text at my own discretion. I also reserve the right to use and modify submissions as standard procedure. (For example, some text may be edited for clarity.) When you email me, you are granting OF ANOTHER FASHION the right to a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, fully sub-licensable, exclusive right to use, reproduce, modify, translate, adapt, publish, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, and delete such content in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed. You represent and warrant that you have all of these rights to grant to us and that no other rights from any third party will be necessary. OK, now that that’s out of the way -

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If you’d like to become a part of this groundbreaking digital/fashion history project, please consider donating materials. This project relies on community support! Items I’m interested in include, but are not limited to:

  • Handmade, store-bought, or altered garments and accessories. Please note that garments do not need to be in perfect condition. The life of the garment is important to us!
  • Family or vintage photographs featuring women of color in fashionable looks
  • Newspaper and magazine articles and advertisements targeting women of color. Original prints are useful.
  • Other sartorial ephemera, such as accessories, packaging, cosmetics etc.

Please provide as much information as you can about your donated objects. Photographs: who’s in the photo, when/where was it taken, who’s wearing what, who made the clothes, how did you come to have this photo, etc. It’s best to scan photos at 300 ppi/dpi at 100% since some of these images will be enlarged for the exhibition.  Garments/Accessories: Email a photograph of your object to me. Include information about who wore it, where/when it is from, what kind of cut/style/material it is, and how you came to have this item. Donors: Please include your name (full names or initials are fine) and the city and state you live in. All donors will be acknowledged in the exhibition. Send all donations and inquiries to threadbared.75@gmail.com (subject: Of Another Fashion).

Note: If you do not already have a digital copy of your photograph to email, photographs can be scanned at most copy centers and university libraries. Please scan them at the highest resolution possible. If you would rather send them to me and have me scan them, I’m happy to do that as well. (Of course, I will return your photographs as quickly as possible.)