This project explored the appropriation of Ghetto style/aesthetics and their cultural, political and historical importance to their creators, Black people. This project is a response to the appropriation of ghetto culture in the fashion industry. Often when Ghetto aesthetics are appropriated by fashion brands and individuals, their origin at the hands of Black people living in Ghetto areas is lost - this project serves to be a reminder of that. The jacket is a tribute to the Ghetto. It features 'dollar bill' lining, spray-painted leopard print exterior and rhinestone text emblazoned across the back stating it to be 'stolen goods'. All these trends and design styles belong to the Ghetto and collectively on this jacket serve as a reminder of the contribution Black people have made to the mainstream and our popular trends.
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