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Trendsetting African American Designers

Valerie L. Giddings and Geraldine Ray

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

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African Americans have been an integral part of the apparel industry since before the Civil War, serving as dressmakers for prominent members of society. One of the first well-known African American fashion designers was Ann Lowe, who designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s bridal gown. Since the 1950s a number of innovative and trendy African American designers have made an impact on the apparel industry. African American designers have influenced fashions ranging from sportswear to eveningwear and have c

The Nazi Aesthetic in Fashion

Laura Klosterman Kidd

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

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Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime influence many aspects of popular culture, including fashion. The Nazi aesthetic is an artistic and ideological style created by Adolph Hitler, which characterizes the idealization of the male human form, violence, the heroic ideal, and Aryan mythology. This style was critical in the design of the Nazi machine, especially architectural and transportation design, the visual arts, politics, and the propaganda of the Third Reich. Less well documented has been the use

Zoot Suit

Eduardo Pagán

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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Trinidad in the Nineteenth Century

Dominique Heyse-Moore

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

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The nineteenth century saw great change on the island of Trinidad, particularly the end of slavery and the arrival of many groups of people from across the world. People from many parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the Americas (and their descendants) all lived there. There are many clear distinctions between the ways that different social and ethnic groups dressed; yet, these groups also began to influence each other’s dress and adapted to their new environment. Unfortunately, ver

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