A new digital exhibition on Artsy.net aims to show how Black and Brown women artists dialogue with their identity through fashion. Curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the online group exhibition, “Dress Codes: Black and Brown Women Artists Fashioning Identity” explores and reveals the myriad ways in which Black, Black Latina, and Indigenous women ‘flex’ their style sensibilities.
As the exhibition text explains, the idea behind “Dress Codes” is to highlight the identity innovation of women artists of color.
“Black and womxn of color innovate, inspire, dictate, and reinvent global culture’s dress codes. We run this, and we run it flawlessly,” the text reads.
And no one better than a Black Latina to narrate this initiative.
Jasmin Hernandez is the founder of the award-winning website Gallery Gurls, and the first author of We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World (2021). The Afro-Dominican American author is a self-described “fashion nerd.” A Parsons graduate, she has made a career as a fashion writer, featured in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, The Cut, Bustle, Paper, etc.
‘Dress Codes’ features artists such as Tschabalala Self, REWA, Namsa Leuba, and Martine Gutierrez, who dialogue with their works around the issue of identity and fashion.
“Before we even open our mouths, our clothes speak for us. The garments we wear tell people who we are, where we live, what income bracket we belong to, and even what hobbies we enjoy,” the curatorial text continues. “For Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color, our way of dressing means so much. It’s the daily armor we wear while navigating respectability, microaggressions, career, sex, our social media personas, and so much more. Fashion is both our escape and our expression. Our fashion choices are in many ways our tools for daily survival and success.”