Photographs in this gallery by Andy Zhang and Wesley Yee of Project 120
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This gallery was made for the purposes of showing off my third annual and final show production for Rice's LNY celebrations, along with my newest dress designs (the green dress and pink+black dress at the end.)
I also want to briefly discuss the amount of caution I took with producing this show - down the the music choice - due to the current social climate.
Though the show's purpose was to showcase each stylists' unique interpretation of the word 'streetwear'/'street style,' the streetwear (especially for menswear) we generally think of today has its roots in hip hop and Black culture. And though cultural appropriation is often discussed in the context of Native American headdresses or Japanese kimonos, I believe it is important to understand the implications of replicating hip hop trends in the face of the Black Lives Matter movement and everything going on sociopolitically right now.
Granted, these streetwear styles have proliferated the streets of London, Toronto, Seoul, Paris, NYC, and so on. Globalization has made it difficult to really pinpoint the origins of trends and while I speak here of Black cultural appropriation, there is still rampant appropriation of Japanese (and more recently, Korean) culture in streetwear itself (see: Adidas, or any graphic tee with hangul or kanji.)
However, in the U.S. especially, I believe there is a social responsibility attached to fashion - for the producer and the consumer.
(Work in Progress, To Be Continued...)