It is with great pleasure that we send you the Summer 2019 newsletter of the Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion, to inform you of our activities in the last three months as well of those ahead. We had two very inspiring and thought provoking panels at the 45th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Costume Society of America on 15-20 April 2019 in Seattle, Washington.
We are also excited to announce the RCDF three month residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in August-November 2019 in preparation of our one-day event ‘Conversations to Redress a Fashion Disaster: A Decolonial Critique on Fashion’s Climate Emergency Response as part of the Jan van Eyck Climate Ugency Marathon 1-8 November 2019.
Furthermore, we are preparing our co-organised symposium on ‘Decolonizing Fashion Objects in the Ethnographic Museum‘ with the Museum for World Cultures in Leiden on 14-15 November 2019.
The editorial team has welcomed two new members: Allison Martino, who is a Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine and Ellye Van Grieken, who is an MA student History of Design at the Royal College of Art in London.
We have also had the pleasure of welcoming a number of new members and have been working on a number of new (online and hardcopy) publications.
The highlighted blogpost is by our steering committee member Sandra Niessen on a new initiative, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion that wishes to play a role in steering the Western fashion system towards sustainability. The RCDF applauds this important initiative, but also sees it as a critical juncture at which to raise awareness that sustainable fashion can only be decolonized fashion. This issue will also be the focus of the Residency at the Van Eyck Academy in the fall.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter.
The RCDF team