BA (HONS) FASHION COMMUNICATION

Modern Day Mixedness

Fashion can be used as a tool to disguise one’s identity or reveal it. Looking back at the history of fashion intertwined with cultural collisions, we can as an industry only be excited for the future combinations that are yet to come from the growing ‘mixedness’ of today’s society. Multiraciality being the fastest growing demographic of the population around the world. My final year publication was on the duality of multiracial identity; complexities of mixed identity creates an abnormality in societies binaries. Falling between two cultures, races, social groups etc. creates a grey area of underrepresented identity, my publication explores how this affects those people and celebrates their uniqueness.

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This publication derives from my personal experience of multiraciality, it is only appropriate that I include elements of my own identity. Archival imagery provides insight into my identity, the family that influenced who I am today. The visual captures of memories and experiences, of two halves becoming one.

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My publication is about identity, it includes shared and personal experiences of multiracial individuals. Combination of interesting styled imagery and more natural portraiture.

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In my project I discuss important historical events and people on the topic of identity and race; including Marcus Garvey and Dandyism. Discussing stereotypes of young black males and a supposed contradiction of elegance.

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I created work in a variety of mediums, one I really enjoyed creating and speaks strongly to my narrative and aesthetic is collage. My collage work aims to create powerful socio-political messages in a contemporary way.

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My portfolio discusses other parts of multiracial identity such as the notion of purity, stereotypes, fetishisation, self-portraiture, the idea of mixed-race only meaning they're of black and white ancestry. This image depicts purity.

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