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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Riye Yoshizawa is pictured here in her dressmaking class in the Manzanar internment camp. After the war, she would go on to help open the Modern School of Fashion in Southern California. (The photo was taken by Ansel Adams in 1943).

My rather extensive education in Asian American history (resulting in a PhD) never included the role of fashion and dressmaking in Japanese internment camps. These images (and several others that will be posted in the coming weeks) provide incredible insight into the relationships among fashion and war, Asian Americans and U.S. popular culture, and Asian American women’s popular culture and labor histories.

From the Library of Congress.

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