Afrocentric Fashions - a Trend or Cultural Expressions Here to Stay?
Wilson, Julia A., Diversity Employers
When ethnic fabrications, dashikis, and headwraps first appeared on the fashion scene a few years ago, many people thought that they were merely fads that would last a season or two. But what has emerged is an expanding influence into the broader fashion industry, an industry that has been reluctant to embrace African features as beauty symbols and, in the not-so-distant past, shunned "ethnic" attire and labeled it as an expression of racial militancy.
But now, that same industry sees dollar signs, signs that signal profits to be raked in from people craving more and more African-influenced styles and fabrics. A large portion of that demand comes from African-American students.
Hoards of African-American collegians all over the country are reaching back to embrace their heritage. They are not only studying their history, to get a deeper sense of self and a truer understanding of African contributions to the world, but they are also expressing their knowledge by wearing fashionable attire inspired from …
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Publication information: Article title: Afrocentric Fashions - a Trend or Cultural Expressions Here to Stay?. Contributors: Wilson, Julia A. - Author. Magazine title: Diversity Employers. Volume: 24. Issue: 4 Publication date: March-April 1994. Page number: 23+. © 1998 IMDiversity, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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