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Michelle Obama’s Gold Triangle Earrings

Yes, Michelle! In an essay entitled “She Slays: Michelle Obama And The Power of Dressing Like You Mean it”  in the forthcoming book The Meaning of Michelle, I wrote: “[Michelle Obama] had some nice fashion ‘moments’ in the first four years, but in the second term, she clearly announced she came to slay! She and her…

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Haute Couture In The ‘Ivory Tower’

A New York Times Magazine spread titled “Class Acts,” featuring six professors styled in designer fashions, recently resurfaced in the social media sphere largely due to the media’s budding interest in fashion in unexpected workplaces. Initially, I was thrilled to see the NYT acknowledge that we professors could be stylish, too. But, as I removed…

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Ava DuVernay Directs Miu Miu short film THE DOOR

Director Ava DuVernay’s latest offering is a short film with a rich visual landscape and a beautiful cast of black women. Clocking in at just under 10mins, THE DOOR is an example of the harmonious way in which Haute Couture can intersect with black women-centered cinema. The Miu Miu pieces–part of the House of Prada–tell…

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Conversation Piece: Queer Fashion on Campus

Originally published at The Feminist Wire During the 2012 presidential election, there was much conversation among journalists, bloggers, and activists about the innovative ways students were using social media to mobilize for candidates supporting LGBT rights and other progressive issues. But, LGBT students—particularly LGBT students of color—were not only using these platforms to fight for legislative changes….

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A Fashionista Asks: What to Wear on the First Day of School?

Originally published at The Learning Curve Woman It’s that time of year when parents across the country head to department stores to buy their children new school clothes (wasn’t it great to have someone else bankroll your wardrobe?). I remember my school days, and I recall that school shopping inevitably led to anxiety over what…

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You Betta Werk!: Professors Talk Style Politics

Originally Published at The Feminist Wire    In recent years, appropriate attire for professors has been a hotly debated topic. Scholars from various disciplines have offeredinstruction, fashion tips and personal narratives about the importance of dress. In response to my article, Haute Couture In The Ivory Tower, professors of color posted on my Facebook and twitter pages, recounting their own…