A History of Racism in Fashion

The Black Dandy

Year: 1768

Tucked away into a small corner of time is the troubling history of dandyism and slavery. In England, the prevailing contest between slaveowners wasn't how many you owned, but how well they dressed. Adult males were forced to mimic the foppish dress of their upper-middle class owners—as if being ripped from your family and enslaved wasn't bad enough, they had to wear tight pants and makeup too.

Tags: fashion, racism
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