Lecture: Fashion, Liberation and the Fight for Freedom

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 04 Dec 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.
Cost:Free
Phone:515-239-1982
Channel:Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
Categories:Diversity, Lectures, Meetings, receptions
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Students in AESHM 499 will talk about their exhibit, "A Black Lives Matter: Fashion, Liberation and the Fight for Freedom," on display at the Ames Public Library Nov. 27-Dec. 11. The display explores the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and its relationship to politics, activism and fashion. A one-hour reception precedes the 7 p.m. lecture.

Black Lives Matter: Fashion, Liberation, and the Fight for Freedom
An exhibition at the Ames Public Library opening on Wednesday, November 28th will explore the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and its relationship to politics, activism and fashion. Using historic and cultural methodologies, the exhibition highlights the different ways clothing, fashion, appearance and styles have been an example of resistance, rebellion and negotiations of Black politics historically and today. Each Iowa State University student enrolled in Assistant Professor Kelly-Reddy Best's Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) 499X seminar, approached the movement's themes by exploring a different topic including Black identity and hair; the hoodie as an icon of oppression; and critical analyses of capitalism and everyday activism through Black Lives Matter merchandise.

Last summer one of Reddy-Best's students, Brandon Spencer, frequently asked about opportunities for exploring the relationship to fashion and appearance in the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the few Black men in the AESHM program, she guided him to build on this vision by conducting a thorough literature review. Eventually Reddy-Best created a course where others students would also have the opportunity to explore and share this topic. Sharing their findings in a public space such as the Ames Public Library engages the wider community in reflecting on these relationships and within our culture.