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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These are my maternal grandparents, Teddy and Olive Dimayuga. The photo was taken on a family vacation in Baguio, Philippines between 1972-73. At the time my grandparents had recently moved back to the Philippines from England, where my grandfather had been temporarily assigned for his job. It was in England that my grandpa grew the ‘stache and got really into wearing tweed, so I guess Baguio’s cool climate provided a good excuse for him to get it back out of his closet. When I asked my grandmother where she got her clothes, she waved off the question. ‘Oh, somewhere. It’s just a t-shirt and bell bottoms.’ Simple, but fly is fly. My grandparents immigrated to the United States in 1998 or ‘99, and shipped over many of their possessions from the house in Paranaque, Manila where they’d lived for decades. A few years ago, they moved in with my parents, so I’ve been able to find some lovely photos and have slowly started archiving them.

Submitted by Yael Villafranca (San Francisco, CA)

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