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The Clothes Make the Movement: The History of Protest Fashion | Past Forward | American Experience

American Experience presents a virtual PAST FORWARD discussion—inspired by their film Riveted: The History of Jeans—that explores how fashion has contributed to many of the most influential social movements in American history. From “suffragette white” to the denim reclamation of the civil rights movement and the pink hats of the 2017 Women’s March, fashion has been a powerful tool for organizers for decades.

Where do the all black uniforms of Antifa, the slogan shirts of Black Lives Matter, and the flag-covered garb of conservative protests fit into history? Our panelists discuss some of the most iconic protest fashions of the past, before examining how this trend has continued into the present.

Featured guests include:

Tanisha Ford– Historian and author of, “Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul.”

Ben Barry – Dean of Fashion and Associate Professor of Equity and Inclusion at Parsons School of Design

The conversation is moderated by Cassidy Zachary, fashion historian and host of the podcast Dressed: The History of Fashion.