Through the lens of fashion: fashion curator Jason Cyrus discusses curation, colonization, and cotton.

Episode Summary

Fashion historian and curator Jason Cyrus joins the podcast to discuss his latest exhibition, History is Rarely Black or White, on view at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. This exhibition traces connections between the cotton industry of the 1800s and the Transatlantic Slave Trade through archival research, conservation, and science. Cyrus also traces the trajectory of his professional career in the fashion industry and his academic and curatorial work. He begins with his visit to Alexander McQueen's "Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cyrus then discusses his master's thesis on the writing of André Leon Talley and how marginalized identities rise above through style, clothing, and taking up space. Finally, he closes with an overview of History is Rarely Black or White. Photo credit: Jason Cyrus

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