Grey Cincinnati: A Site-specific Fashion Collection

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2013-01-01
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Navarro, Henry
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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In 2012, in collaboration with local institutions and participants, I executed a site-specific fashion collection shaped by the history, culture, geography, and people of Cincinnati, Ohio. ‘Grey Cincinnati’ addressed racial segregation, a timely issue as the city’s current urban renewal re-opens a discussion about race and social equality. This site-specific fashion collection sought to bring together the segregated African- American and Caucasian communities, transforming Cincinnati into an arena for cultural discourse (Kwon 26).

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