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Hunting for the Neglected Sartorial Narratives

Feb 21, 2011

by mpham617

Minh-ha_bio.jpg Minh-Ha Pham is the  founder of Of Another Fashion, a blog dedicated to researching an overlooked history of culture, fashion and identity. Here, she explains the inspiration and drive behind the project, inviting everyone to fill in the blanks in our social history by contributing to this effort.

Since June 2010, I’ve been locating, collecting, and researching the sartorial ephemera of U.S. women of color for an existing website and prospective museum exhibition called “Of Another Fashion” — both of which highlight “the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color.” Such ephemera include vintage family and found photographs, period advertisements and advertorials, retail packaging and garments and accessories of, by and about women of color. While these objects constitute a vibrant archive of women’s culture and U.S. mass culture, they’re rarely a part of major fashion museum exhibitions and library collections.

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Recent exhibitions in New York City such as “Fashion and Politics” (the Museum at FIT), “American Woman, Fashioning a National Identity” (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and “American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection” (Brooklyn Museum) have established the interconnections of fashion, collective memory, citizenship and belonging. Yet their emphases on formal politics, designer fashion and evening wear suggest that American fashion is constituted mainly through the experiences, histories and bodies of upper-class white women. Such a narrow curatorial focus limits the ways we see fashion and understand history. With “Of Another Fashion,” I’m trying to expand the curatorial and research frames of fashion history to include the rich and complex textures of the material cultures and embodied practices of U.S. women of color.

The neglect of non-elite, non-white fashion cultures and dress practices can be illustrated in a few ways. The hierarchy of fashion design (from haute couture to budget brands) implicitly devalues working class dress practices that are, for many women of color, a primary means of self-fashioning. Inevitably, the industry and institutional attitudes of biased libraries and museums are then transferred to and internalized by women of color themselves, many of whom do not see the value of saving their garments. The consequence of this neglect is that the material cultures of minoritized American women have been all but lost in fashion histories.

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What documentation that does exist of these histories is mostly found in private photographs, personal remembrances and family folklore scattered across the country. Potentially, these are valuable historical resources that negotiate and contest the exclusions of official fashion histories, but because this archive is so diffuse, they’re highly inaccessible to the public as well as to students and researchers.

In assembling a collection of women of color’s sartorial ephemera, produced roughly between 1890-1990, the aim of this project is twofold. I hope “Of Another Fashion” helps ameliorate the curatorial neglect of women of color’s fashion histories. I also hope that a collection of personal objects and memories will produce an alternative mode of historical knowledge that is based not simply on an archive of facts (dates, designers, design styles, etc.) but rather, to adapt a phrase from the queer performance scholar Ann Cvetkovich, an archive of feelings. In providing a glimpse of minoritized women’s fashion histories, the aim of “Of Another Fashion” is to commemorate lives and experiences too often considered not important enough to record or to study.

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Want to get involved in Minh-Ha’s project? Contribute your history.

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173 comments

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention! An awesome project on so many different levels. I would love to get involved.

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 9 years ago

    Really interesting project and beautiful photos!! Thanks :D

  • immaculatethreads

    immaculatethreads said 9 years ago

    A great project. I wish you well :)

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 9 years ago

    good luck!

  • muinamir

    muinamir said 9 years ago

    Awesome! I'll spread the word about this.

  • riorita

    riorita said 9 years ago

    Oh! Now that you talk about it, I realize how very true! Most enlightening!

  • EatenApple

    EatenApple said 9 years ago

    A really important part of fashion that needs more attention, great article! :D

  • hollycrayon

    hollycrayon said 9 years ago

    I really this. all the photographs so far are just so wonderful and interesting :)

  • briecook

    briecook said 9 years ago

    This is an amazing project you're working on and I'll be sure to spread the word and possibly submit.

  • fringestk

    fringestk said 9 years ago

    This is a wonderful subject to bring to light.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    that's a great project. i'll keep an eye out for pictures. :)

  • archivioGotico

    archivioGotico said 9 years ago

    A very inspiring article. The photos are really really fascinating and the blog is super.

  • mlingier

    mlingier said 9 years ago

    Thank you for putting this out into the world. I feel empowered by just reading the article. Good luck with the project.

  • tamallama

    tamallama said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! Will be sure to keep my eyes open in my travels. All the best!

  • abelabodycare

    abelabodycare said 9 years ago

    A very worthwhile project to bring some awareness to. Best of luck!

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 9 years ago

    Finally someone highlighting something like this! You don't see it a lot. When I look at fashion blogs I hardly ever see women of color, this is very refreshing. Thanks for adding some color Etsy.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article.

  • minoubazaar

    minoubazaar said 9 years ago

    This is awesome--I'll see if I can contribute something from my mom's generation.

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 9 years ago

    Interesting subject.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 9 years ago

    Interesting and great project. Thanks for sharing and good luck.

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 9 years ago

    What an interesting project! Thanks for sharing! EtsyLove from, Jamie

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 9 years ago

    Very interesting and truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 9 years ago

    What an interesting, worthwhile and cool project! Thanks for sharing. I wish you much success with it.

  • Pipkyn

    Pipkyn said 9 years ago

    What an amazing idea! Our social history is so important for understanding ourselves and where we might be going and projects like this demonstrate it perfectly.

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 9 years ago

    Minh-Ha, I just visited your blog and it is fascinating! Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos - please keep it up.

  • Dewella

    Dewella said 9 years ago

    Thanks to Etsy for drawing attention to such a great project! I hope a museum exhibition is in your near future!

  • mpham617

    mpham617 said 9 years ago

    Thank you all so much for the support! Please consider contributing relevant vintage photographs - this project CANNOT happen w/o crowdsourcing!

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful project! Very inspiring.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 9 years ago

    This is an awesome project, so rad. I will keep an eye out for anything that might help. And I am in love with the ladies in the first 2 photos in particular.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Amazing project! Good luck! =)

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 9 years ago

    What an outstanding and worthwhile project! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and inspiring story!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    What fabulous cloche hats in the first photo... & a mention must be given to the extremely sharply dressed gentlemen sitting behind the glamorous ladies too!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Fabulous project! Love the amazing photos!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing. Good luck to you.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Love this! I could get lost in these pictures forever, thanks to Etsy for the heads up on a great new favorite blog!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 9 years ago

    amazing project & pics!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 9 years ago

    Fantastic project! What insight we can glean from old photos! Will keep an eye out for the vintage postcards that depict women of color, also.

  • Melony

    Melony said 9 years ago

    What an absolutely breathtaking blog. The photographs are stunning and say so much. I wish I could sit across a kitchen table and visit with all these women!

  • vintageNsome

    vintageNsome said 9 years ago

    how wonderful, the pic above by the way is one of my fav's my grandparents were a stylish pair and i'll be sure to submit their images.

  • MechelleDesigns

    MechelleDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for doing this! I have this awesome photo of my mom all dressed up with a hat, suit, and pumps.

  • TheNovelSage

    TheNovelSage said 9 years ago

    What an incredible project! I so agree that no one ever researches the fashion of working class Americans. I'm glad to see someone's finally looking into it. =)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    Wishing you all the best! Great project :)

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 9 years ago

    This project is an important one considering that these kinds of photos are hard to come by in very good condition. Keep up the good work!

  • RhettDidntGiveADamn

    RhettDidntGiveADamn said 9 years ago

    This is wonderful. :)

  • localcolorist

    localcolorist said 9 years ago

    San Francisco, my hometown since 1949, enjoyed a lively and artistic African American community, 35 % of the population out of 800,000 total population until Reaganomics of the 1980's. Dot com inflation in the 1990's reduced the African American population to 3.5 % SF is no longer Paris of the West. And it may look pretty , but it is tragically boring now. Our former section of town, where there were all kinds of Jazz Clubs, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, every great Jazz musician who ever lived, played in the Fillmore District. It is now a Disneyfied District, allegedly quaintly renamed the Jazz Historical District, is now too expensive for any artist to live in, and there is only one really fancy jazz nightclub, $ 30 or more. The black women of SF dressed beautifully back in the day, with very little money and a whole lot of clever style. Inspiration is only possible for me in SF these days by mining memories. Thank you very much for your research project.

  • FistCityVintage

    FistCityVintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! This just made my day :)

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 9 years ago

    This is just wonderful!! Thank you for sharing, and I too, will spread the word. :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Fascinating project, I'm sure it'll create an exciting archive!

  • phoenix2000k

    phoenix2000k said 9 years ago

    Amazing project. I would love to contribute photographs for your project. Best Wishes!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 9 years ago

    Great idea, I always love to look back at old photos and see how life really was like back then. Wishing you wonderful success on your project!

  • seesong

    seesong said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article. I wish this project will bring much needed attention to efforts to archive and preserve aspect of past we seldom talk about. History and the "archive of feeling" are there, we just need to look just below the surface.

  • aorta

    aorta said 9 years ago

    AWESOME.

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    TeaAtHomeWithOlivia said 9 years ago

    I totally love this article. Through the years I also have collected photos of women of color in beautiful fashion of their day. Thank you Minh-Ha. Look forward to your project unfolding. Hugs and kisses, Olivia and Chaco

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 9 years ago

    Love the photos, beautiul

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 9 years ago

    oops I ment beautiful

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 9 years ago

    What a terrific project! I'll pass this along.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 9 years ago

    'Golden Dragon Open Mess' is the best shot! Yes, an interesting read.

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique said 9 years ago

    Amazing article

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 9 years ago

    This is an incredible article, thanks Etsy! For those interested, this is a flickr user I have been following for quite some time. She posts her EXTENSIVE and incredible collection of black history in print. She has posted various print ads, magazines chronicling black history back to the 1800s. Please take some time to look through and be utterly amazed! http://www.flickr.com/photos/vieilles_annonces/

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 9 years ago

    What an amazing project!

  • SafetyThird

    SafetyThird said 9 years ago

    Excellent. and what a flickr resource!

  • DrVintage

    DrVintage said 9 years ago

    So very interesting! Thanks lauraprentice, going to check Flickr out now.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 9 years ago

    Beautiful...

  • danapereabloede

    danapereabloede said 9 years ago

    love the article, love the project, great to see fashion and what's behind it from women of color

  • Jay1989

    Jay1989 said 9 years ago

    A very interesting article.

  • dragonflylace

    dragonflylace said 9 years ago

    This is an amazing project! It's time the focus was on those beautiful women of color, who were (& still are) gorgeous in every color under the rainbow. Also, the public needs to know that a huge chunk of fashion inspiration comes from those geographical places that women of color came from, be it Kenya, the West Indies, San Fransisco, New York, Or Paris! Us white girls can only strive & hope to look as Beautiful! Good luck with this fantastic project!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 9 years ago

    Wonderful topic :) Sam

  • Angeline222

    Angeline222 said 9 years ago

    Minh-ha, Wonderful vintage photos...they are gems! PS: Love that "micro-mini" dress on that pretty girl in that 1970 shot. I wonderf how she sat down? A.

  • Angeline222

    Angeline222 said 9 years ago

    Minh-ha, Wonderful vintage photos...they are gems! PS: Love that "micro-mini" dress on that pretty girl in that 1970 shot. I wonder how she sat down? A.

  • Blambert1

    Blambert1 said 9 years ago

    This is such a great topic! I love the whole idea of it. Beautiful pictures. Good luck with this amazing project!

  • kuhlalbo

    kuhlalbo said 9 years ago

    It is always been fascinating to me how each and everyone of us have a story to tell...how a tiny piece of our lives become a patch on the quilt of the world's history. It is a beautiful thing! Good luck to you!

  • JellyBeadIt

    JellyBeadIt said 9 years ago

    What an interesting article I will start looking through old pictures.

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 9 years ago

    fascinating!!!

  • sashakr

    sashakr said 9 years ago

    i can't tell you the number of times over the years i've tried to search online for images of non-white women and the ways they have imagined to dress themselves. it's close to impossible to find anything besides some photos of members of the black panthers and has been so discouraging so many times (and i'm a white woman, so the disappointment for me was not also accompanied by a lack of representation as it is for others...). so excited to see what you'll uncover and compile:))

  • littledarlingstorage

    littledarlingstorage said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pictures.

  • sweetiepiesuite

    sweetiepiesuite said 9 years ago

    this is a wonderful project! i am always very interested in other cultures history, etc. fashion is such a huge part of history, all cultures included. good luck with your searching!

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 9 years ago

    Wonderful project!

  • brahmanda

    brahmanda said 9 years ago

    awesome project, and I'm following the tumblr too ♥

  • SillyDillyVintage

    SillyDillyVintage said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the work you're doing.

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    Wow! what an amazing project, the best of luck to you. I must admit, I've never seen a picture of women of colour in what looks like 1920s fashion. So very cool to see. Thanks for sharing♥

  • ee333

    ee333 said 9 years ago

    Ha... Tomorow I will be searching through magazines and photos.. :) TY 4 sharing... *cheers*

  • fustian

    fustian said 9 years ago

    This is such a fantastic blog, thanks for sharing it!

  • RawEdgesStudio

    RawEdgesStudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this important work. When I look at these images, I see my mother, my aunts, my grandmother in a way that I've only ever seen before in personal family photos. As a fashion history buff and a woman of color, I can't tell you how important these images are to me. Thank you!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    really awesome concept. great job

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 9 years ago

    a really interesting article! I collect vintage photography and especially love the pics of women/fashion. It's fascinating to look at the faces of those of the past (especially women), what they're wearing and wonder about their lives. I never gave a lot of thought to if they were of color (or not). I will definitely be more observant now.

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 9 years ago

    these are great keep up the good work and happy hunting

  • mdsc1

    mdsc1 said 9 years ago

    I Love it. Good Luck with your great idea.

  • judipence

    judipence said 9 years ago

    Fabulous idea and such delicious photographs! I can't wait for more!

  • maaretsinkko

    maaretsinkko said 9 years ago

    It's wonderful to know that you care so much to spend this time in bringing this vignette of women to a wider audience. A new pair of shoes, a new dress. the same emotions then and somehow it has faded because we have too much.

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux said 9 years ago

    Minh-Ha, I applaud you on this awesome project. I love fashion history and photography so I will be faithfully following your blog. In your research I wonder if you have come across the book Threads of Time, The Fabric of History by Rosemary E. Reed Miller? It's a favorite of mine and might be a valuable resource for your project. All the best!!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 9 years ago

    ...mmmm ....there is beauty everywhere ♥

  • ModernMode

    ModernMode said 9 years ago

    Amazing. I will certainly be following your work!

  • artspell

    artspell said 9 years ago

    this is awesome- I'm so happy to see someone recognizing this. I frequently look through very old photos of my grandmother and her sisters (beautiful AA women) from the 30's, with great admiration for their style.

  • mpham617

    mpham617 said 9 years ago

    I'm absolutely overwhelmed by all this blog love! It's so wonderful to know that this project is resonating w/ you - please do contribute your photos and stories, though. Without them, this project can't happen.

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 9 years ago

    This is intriguing, I love looking at the photos'

  • iWALLS

    iWALLS said 9 years ago

    Fascinating article! I love the photographs! I can hardly wait to see more!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this very inspiring article with us that's the beauty about women of color we come in such a variety of color we are truly a rainbow.

  • cattuslavandula

    cattuslavandula said 9 years ago

    Oh, that pic of the three Chicago women in their church gear brings back memories! As a metro Detroiter, I will always remember seeing African American church ladies. They seemed so different from everyone else back in the early 1970's, when I was a kid. In a decade known for poor fashion tastes, the church ladies were dressed to the nines, right down to gloves and hats. The Hats!!! The colors!!! To this day, African American church ladies in metro Detroit are among the best turned out women in the area. I admire their style a great deal; spying a group outside a church is akin to finding a surprise garden in full bloom. Thank you for this most delightful article and project!

  • LVKPaperDolls

    LVKPaperDolls said 9 years ago

    Very interesting! Thank you for exploring and sharing this topic.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 9 years ago

    The recording and study of history, has been streamlined into what has deemed to be "important". Too often the broad study of "History" covers only the histories of Europe, England, or America but covers little (if nothing) of China, Japan, India, Africa, Russia etc unless they intercept negatively with "Western" history. The study of history needs to reflect the history of our planet! Otherwise, title it "Western history" rather than the presumptuous title "History"

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 9 years ago

    HOORAY FOR FAMILY HISTORY!

  • honeydipjewels

    honeydipjewels said 9 years ago

    Wow, beautiful! I am a woman of many colors and can't begin to tell you how touching and exciting this is. I love the many sides of all of me and my beautiful ancestors who continue to inspire me with with their elegance, style and so so much more. Ground breaking, earth shaking stuff! Lots of Love from Canada.

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 9 years ago

    Minha, you are so wonderful. What a lovely idea. I love this project and will search for some photos to give you. My Mom was a black diva before that word was thrown around so easily, and so were her friends. I love this photo of the black woman in the snug hats, all sitting on the bleachers. I will see you in FB. Thank you!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 9 years ago

    Good luck , History is great

  • smashman

    smashman said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article, incredibly interesting. A part of history that I haven't heard (or sadly) thought about.

  • BijouxOdalisque

    BijouxOdalisque said 9 years ago

    I absolutely adore the photo of the women all sitting side by side in their cloche hats...stunning!

  • SusannahsEmporium

    SusannahsEmporium said 9 years ago

    Love the 1st photo with all those ladies in their different cloches. The lady in the micro mini, when I look at the date, I think, that feels like yesterday for me. I was 14 in 1970!

  • ThePidge

    ThePidge said 9 years ago

    An amazing project and some beautiful photos, I want to see more!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful project! It's great to see attention bring brought to neglected pieces of history! I'm always inspired when I see people speaking out for things that are neglected, ignored, or forgotten. Thanks so much for this wonderful post and all the best with the project!

  • Akilha

    Akilha said 9 years ago

    I am in love with this project. My mama has some amazing family photos I'll see if she lets me submit them. Great article.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 9 years ago

    This is such a valuable and worthwhile project. The photos are so beautiful. Well done!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    what an interesting project.

  • TickleKnitsandCrafts

    TickleKnitsandCrafts said 9 years ago

    What an amazing project! Thank you for sharing!

  • minusOne

    minusOne said 9 years ago

    A fantastic piece and project. Thanks for this post.

  • mandymoomoo

    mandymoomoo said 9 years ago

    As a fellow historian I applaud your efforts! Good luck on your research and seeing it become a museum display. I will keep my eyes peeled for items that would help you!

  • minusOne

    minusOne said 9 years ago

    ...though instead of labeling individuals with the reductive and static identity "upper class white women", the author may wish to describe the major-canon fashionistas as "women with access to the privileges - both economic and social - of upper-class white culture".

  • thefinishingtouchllc

    thefinishingtouchllc said 9 years ago

    Awesome project, I love it!

  • griffinhouse

    griffinhouse said 9 years ago

    I love your work. Thank you for representing ALL women!

  • caradesigns

    caradesigns said 9 years ago

    My boyfriend and I were just discussing how things I see in fashion mags and on "style icons," are almost never the things I see on "ordinary" women, of ANY color. The ads for "affordable" outfits at $500 in the magazines are laughable. I think much of the style world, not just the historical segment of it, is out of touch with real life. What a lovely project! And what lovely pictures of beautiful women. I love the last one; how she's holding her skirt like that. Her face tells you that she knows she looks great.

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 9 years ago

    A brilliant idea, just like these photographs.

  • NadinGlassico

    NadinGlassico said 9 years ago

    Love the amazing photos!!

  • mk111333

    mk111333 said 9 years ago

    Thank you for researching "Of Another Fashion" - a very much neglected topic needing exploration and illumination.

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 9 years ago

    The men of course also-another great project. My mother's family was creek and cherokee-I will look though our old photos!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 9 years ago

    beautiful article! love the caption at the bottom of the photo "golden dragon open mess" thanks for doing this!

  • applecake88

    applecake88 said 9 years ago

    this is amazing. It makes me sooo happy. I am anticipating your exhibit and I'll definitely be reading your blog/website.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 9 years ago

    Gosh I love old photos and all the more interesting to see subjects of color. Keep 'em comin'!

  • OdodoOriginals

    OdodoOriginals said 9 years ago

    This is beyond excellent! I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition. Good luck.

  • ladybirdsewshernest

    ladybirdsewshernest said 9 years ago

    How interesting. Reminds me of the "Cottage Industry" project at Spoleto Festival in 2002 by Morgan Puett: http://www.jmorganpuett.com/cottageindustry/index.html This project explored working class fashions in the South and Puett designed a line of clothing based on her research.

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 9 years ago

    So proud of you! Keep up the good work! If any of the women in my small town can help I will help direct them to you. I know Gloria, one of our pastors will be very interested in this project. God Bless!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 9 years ago

    so interested ~ much continued success

  • fifthroad

    fifthroad said 9 years ago

    this is great! recently saw a kickstarter photo project on the same topic - glad to see this being brought to the forefront!

  • fifthroad

    fifthroad said 9 years ago

    oh kickstarter link in case you're interested: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1136206067/the-fifties-a-tale-in-black-and-white-a-photograph

  • TheVintageDesignShop

    TheVintageDesignShop said 9 years ago

    Wonderful project! I wish you the best of luck with your research. Your research is exciting and much needed! :)

  • EmilyMagpieMoments

    EmilyMagpieMoments said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! The first photograph is absolutely stunning, it really makes me smile :)I just wish I had something to contribute to this project!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful article~! It is truly a wonderful project =)

  • tonyaboezi

    tonyaboezi said 9 years ago

    Bravo, looking at the history from a different perspective, very refreshing!

  • TheLetterboxPress

    TheLetterboxPress said 9 years ago

    Such a fantastic blog, love it

  • pleiades7

    pleiades7 said 9 years ago

    I was amazed to see this featured on etsy. Such a wonderful project.

  • greatestfriend

    greatestfriend said 9 years ago

    This is AWESOME! I look forward to delving deeper and sharing with peers, this is so great.

  • GoshnPoche

    GoshnPoche said 9 years ago

    This is a wonderful, wonderful project. All the best.

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring project!

  • themadcapheiress

    themadcapheiress said 9 years ago

    This is a much needed project in fashion academia. I've belonged to museum costume institutes in New York and Arizona. This is one of the most interesting and relevant projects I've come across. Thanks, Minh-Ha! A'esha

  • rahs914

    rahs914 said 9 years ago

    This is an awesome entry! I'm a sucker for antique and vintage photos. There's something special and evocative about them.

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography said 9 years ago

    That is truly fascinating, and i love the photos!!

  • Selloholicmom

    Selloholicmom said 9 years ago

    beautiful project and very important point..

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 9 years ago

    I think women of every color have been neglected. Only major fashions are saved and shown. How Mom really lived and what she wore and where her fashions came from have all been deemed unworthy of study. Thank you for trying to save the lives of one group of real women Moms,daughters,sisters.

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 9 years ago

    Such a brillant project! I so love it.

  • Omiya

    Omiya said 9 years ago

    Great project, fascinating!!! thank you for sharing. love the photos:+)

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    Beautiful people

  • mashulu

    mashulu said 9 years ago

    *GASP* I LOVE this! I will definately be checking out the blog. Great article!

  • perebags

    perebags said 9 years ago

    So fantastic!!! Going to check out your blog...

  • shoebx

    shoebx said 9 years ago

    very interesting article; cute photos too.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 9 years ago

    OMG, I would love to contribute fashion photos of Polynesian women from that era. Western influenced, yet with a touch of the islands...going to your website now. Aloha, Connie

  • ArtisanGerard

    ArtisanGerard said 9 years ago

    Delightful read :)

  • SaraWen

    SaraWen said 9 years ago

    A wonderful project! Wish I still had my old family photos.

  • HihloStudio

    HihloStudio said 9 years ago

    Wow, such an amazing and inspirational project. Best of luck!

  • daisyvortex

    daisyvortex said 9 years ago

    Love the old photographs, thanks!

  • wortsandcunning

    wortsandcunning said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! Very happy that Minh-Ha Pham's project is featured on Etsy. Be sure to check out her other blog/project on fashion and politics with Mimi Thi Nguyen - http://iheartthreadbared.wordpress.com. Conversations on politics, fashion, who gets seen and how they get seen are important and I hope to see more articles like this on Etsy!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

    thanks for your input about such an important subject-very interesting!! Etsy! wake up and remove the nonsense above what i wrote please!!

  • kawaiinese

    kawaiinese said 9 years ago

    Very well done!!

  • KitKatCabaret

    KitKatCabaret said 9 years ago

    Women have a voice, beautiful, well toned melody, Yet needing to project across ears of those that do not see them as bright, intellectual, sentient beings, We are creatures that love our families, hope for joy and satisfaction in our careers and crave respect and dignity

  • Tessadacat

    Tessadacat said 9 years ago

    I am impressed with this young lady's work. I am also grateful that she has taken the time to document something as overlooked as the fashions of women of color; usually seen only in old movies and some magazines. I wish nothing but the best for you. Thank you.

  • MaryXK

    MaryXK said 9 years ago

    The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation holds a collection of photographs of African-American families and community events, Williamsburg, VA, approx 1947-1954. These photographs include: homecoming at Bruton Heights High School (young women in suits and corsages), Church events, Weddings, Night Clubs, Social Club meetings, etc. The clothing in these photographs is notable.

  • StitchingInCircles

    StitchingInCircles said 9 years ago

    I found your blog through the Fug Girls's blog, and I am happy to see that you are being featured on Etsy too! Can't wait to share this great feature on my blog, www.stitchingincircles.blogspot.com .

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 9 years ago

    Thank you for doing this! I truly can't wait to see how everything turns out!!!

  • CarolineTaleski

    CarolineTaleski said 9 years ago

    How facinating! I will follow your every word.

  • EbonyButterfly

    EbonyButterfly said 9 years ago

    This is an unbelievable undertaking!! I was just looking at vintage fashions and patterns, feeling as though they were costumes belonging to another type of woman in history. Namely, a non-black one. I was thinking that I should ask my grandmother's for some old photos to see how they dressed then and now I've found your blog! I am so excited to get my hands on some pictures now!

  • greeen

    greeen said 9 years ago

    How beautiful to see history of women of color as it relates to fashion. There's extreme under representation of women of color advertising artifacts from the past, I can't really get my hands on much..it's a needle in a haystack but family photos are definitely where it's at! I think this is a lovely, inspiring and much needed project!

  • Craftyfoxy

    Craftyfoxy said 9 years ago

    This is a really interesting idea and one I never thought about. In looking at the pictures posted here, I have to say that, to my untrained eye at least, the fashions of women of color don't look all that different than the period fashions of white women. I'll be curious to see in what ways and to what extent fashion varied by race, as opposed to income, which is what I've always noticed, at least in older fashions, to be the source of sartorial difference. Interesting stuff!

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