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Debating the Black Body in Fashion & Popular Culture
November 6, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Presented by The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design
With support from The Department of African American Studies
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D.
David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Cheryl L. Keyes, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
The influence of Black style is an undeniable force in fashion, film, and visual culture in the United States. Black bodies have consistently acted as sites of cutting-edge aesthetics and emulation, but also ridicule, discrimination, fear, and violence. Between these perspectives are also shades of distinctive nuance. This webinar engages scholars and practitioners in conversations to explore the evolving perceptions of Black fashion and aesthetics in popular culture, especially on screen, addressing the multiple viewpoints within two ongoing and contentious issues: body size and respectability politics.
PANEL I: BLACK WOMEN AND BODY SIZE IN HISTORY AND ON SCREEN
Samantha N. Sheppard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies Cornell University
Dreamgirls (2006), Django Unchained (2012), Fences (2016)
Kim Jenkins, MA
Lecturer and Researcher
Founder, The Fashion and Race Database
PANEL II: THE “AESTHETICS OF EXCESS” AND RESPECTABILITY POLITICS
Monica L. Miller, Ph.D., Professor, Barnard College
Author, Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity
Costume Designer, Unthinkable (2010), Girls Trip (2017), Little (2019)
Writer, educator and curator
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
11:15 a.m. Panel I: Black Women and Body Size in History and on Screen
12:15 p.m. Coffee Break
12:30 p.m. Panel II: The “Aesthetics of Excess” and Respectability Politics
1:30 p.m. James Bridges Theater in person discussion followed by refreshments
ALL TIMES ARE PACIFIC STANDARD TIME