About this Conference
Since the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the recent brutal murder of George Floyd, Black Americans have been in a constant battle to achieve the equality promised to all Americans in the U.S. Constitution. It clearly outlines the promise of liberty and justice, as well as equal protections under the law for all citizens. Over the past 400 years, the subjugation of black people has progressed through the use of overt racism (slavery, Jim Crow laws) to institutionalized racism (hiring practices, housing discrimination, imbalanced incarceration rates, etc.) to a mixture of both that is clearly evident by our current climate.
As image creators, the fashion, advertising, and film industries, through the use of stereotypes, are complicit in fashioning identities of black people which feed the myth that blacks are not on par with their white counterparts. Can fashion challenge racism and look beyond stereotypes? We plan to examine this age-old practice during our conference, Unveiling Fashion: Fashioning Black Identities. We will explore the historical aspects of fashion and race, the plight of the Black Creative Entrepreneur, and close out the conference with a screening of the documentary “Through the Lens Darkly,” directed by Thomas Allen Harris, a film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about fashion and the black identity as historically portrayed through photography. Our goal is to provide a launching pad for future discussions around equality, diversity and inclusion in creative industries and how fashion, in particular, must take a stand.
Understanding sustainability in fashion is critical because of the negative impact that the fashion industry and our consumption habits are having on garment workers and our environment. Fashion is the second largest polluter in the world primarily because of textile and manufacturing waste. Additionally, many fashion industry workers perform their duties in unsafe conditions while earning barely enough to feed their families. It’s important to understand how to lessen your carbon footprint while supporting fair wages and working conditions for garment workers.
DCSFC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster and educate a community of creative entrepreneurs, lawmakers, designers, activists, academics, fashion professionals, and consumers in the D.C. Metropolitan Area on the importance of sustainability and ethical practices in the fashion industry. Established in February 2018, DCSFC is poised to develop educational programs, retail opportunities, workforce development/training initiatives, and networking opportunities for the local creative, sustainable and ethical communities.
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