Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop culture has always used fashion as a means of self expression. And although we’re familiar with its iconic trends—like Kangol hats, gold chains, and adidas sneakers—very little attention has been given to the history of this style and how race and social economic factors propelled its evolution. This lack of awareness is exactly what pushed Mass Appeal editorial director Sacha Jenkins to create “Fresh Dressed," a new film that is sure to nab a place on the list of Best Hip-Hop Documentaries of all time.
Debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the movie takes an in-depth look at how urban style influenced mainstream consumerism, and vice versa. Vintage footage and interviews with experts like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, former Vogue editor André Leon Talley, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, and Big Daddy Kane tackle heavy issues like the influence of race and class within hip-hop fashion, and how it played a significant role for underprivileged youth who aspired to make it big one day.
Check out a clip from “Fresh Dressed” above. The release date for the film has yet to be announced, so stay tuned as more information rolls in.
[via The Fader]