Kimberly Jenkins Wants to Help Decolonize Our Understanding of Fashion

The fashion scholar shares her hopes for her new online platform, the Fashion and Race Database.

Kimberly Jenkins
Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins has made waves in the fashion education sphere for shedding necessary light on the role race has historically played in fashion. 

As a part-time lecturer, she taught a popular elective “Fashion and Race” course at Parsons School of Design, where she got her MA in fashion studies. She later expanded on the themes of that course by curating an exhibit of the same name, which the school hosted in 2018. (It’s now available to view on Google Arts and Culture.) At the beginning of this year, Jenkins left Parsons — and New York — to accept a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of fashion studies position at Ryerson University in Toronto. The new role gave Jenkins the stability and funding to ramp up efforts on a project she’d been working on

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