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Born in the late 19th century, jazz gained mainstream popularity during a volatile period of racial segregation and gender inequality. It was in these adverse conditions that jazz performers discovered the power of dress as a visual tool used to defy mainstream societal constructs, shaping a new fashion and style aesthetic as a subversive representation.

Drawing on fashion studies and cultural theory, it is possible to do an in-depth analysis of the social and political entanglements of jazz and dress, exploring key themes such as race, class and gender.

Dressing the mind is indeed powerful. In this post I’m going to focus in displaying some of the hats Spiritual Jazz choosed to dress its ideological journey, most of them variations of Funktopia’s kufi hats that you can find here.

 

 

by Cristina Morales

Cristina Morales (MA) is a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner who works as a researcher, writer, curator, speaker, critical pedagogue and artist at the intersection of art and politics. She has worked internationally since 2002 and is currently based in London, UK. She holds a Master in Cultural Production from the Open University of Catalonia, and a Bachelor in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Known for her creative and holistic approach to activism, Cristina is currently the founding curator of the first decolonial thinktank mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide, Counterspace. The founding artist of the Situationist brand of political designs and performances Totem Taboo. And she writes periodically in English, French and Spanish on Decoloniality, on personal and community development through art, and on African and African diaspora arts & culture, published by national, international and specialised media such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); El Mundo (Madrid); Humanities, Arts & Society (Paris); A Beautiful Resistance (Seattle); Inhabit (Global); Ouvrage (Montreal); Wiriko (Barcelona); and Radio Africa (Barcelona) | moralescristina.com