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Grace Jones

Shayla Corinne Black

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015


Born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Grace Jones’s whimsical career began as a model, where she was a brash addition to international designers Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada. Grace Jones obliterated all boundaries with her incorporation of gender-bending fashions, notorious buzz-cut hairstyle, and her determination to don original and outrageous styles. Artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna have all paid homage to Jones for her exuberance and eccentricity, whic

Caribbean Islanders

José F. Blanco

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Caribbean immigrants have contributed greatly to the multicultural and multilingual diversity of the United States and Canada for a number of years. Often grouped either with other Hispanics or with African Americans, Caribbean people are actually part of a complex mosaic of cultures, languages, and dress practices. The Caribbean, named after its main pre-Columbian inhabitants, the Carib, has been shaped by the encounter of several cultures, including native groups such as the Puerto Rican Taínos

Jamaica in the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Steeve O. Buckridge

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

Encyclopedia entry

The island of Jamaica is the third-largest nation in the Caribbean or the West Indies. The island has a population of 2.6 million people. The country’s capital, Kingston, lies at the foot of the Blue Mountains, with its highest peak reaching 7,402 feet (2,256 meters), making it the highest peak in the Caribbean. Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962. However, it remains a member of the British Commonwealth and has a constitutional parliamentary democracy system with a prime ministe

Caribbean Headwear

Beverly Chico

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

Encyclopedia entry

Since the sixteenth century, many types of headpieces have been worn by Caribbean islanders, depending on various factors including ethnicity, climate, and communal events. European colonizers usually brought and wore hats and styles from their respective countries. They generally became the ruling elite, their headwear communicating their status, and Creoles (descendants of European settlers) usually wore European styles. The headgear that arrived during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

There’s No Place Like Home: Home Dressmaking and Creativity in the Jamaican Community of the 1940s to the 1960s

Carol Tulloch

Source: The Culture of Sewing. Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking 1999

Book chapter

The African-American author Alice Walker asks how and when did her mother ‘feed her creative spirit’. (Walker 1984: 239) As co-provider, mother and wife, Walker’s mother worked all day in the fields, made all her children’s clothes, the sheets and the quilts for the beds, in addition to the ‘traditional’ duties expected of her. It was in what Walker terms, the ‘ambitious gardens’ which her mother cultivated around and in their ‘shabby house’, working on them before she left for her field work and

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