Media advisory: Panel will discuss the evolution and impact of hip-hop fashion

By | August 21, 2017

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 21, 2017—Rikki Byrd and Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. will discuss the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on fashion, art and ideas of black masculinity at “Hip Hop and Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway,” a panel discussion at the Saint Louis Art Museum at 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 1.

The discussion, a part of the museum’s Conversation and Cocktails series, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015,” which is on view through Sept. 17. Featuring more than 150 looks, “Reigning Men” traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was—and is—not exclusive to women.

Byrd is a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis is co-editor of the Fashion and Race Syllabus; her research interests include Black studies, fashion history and cultural studies. McCune is the author of “Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing,” and he has been featured on the webcast and the television program “Bill Nye Saves the World.” He is an associate professor of African and African-American studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Byrd and McCune will be joined Genevieve Cortinovis, the museum’s assistant curator of decorative arts and design and the co-curator of the St. Louis presentation of “Reigning Men.”

Tickets for “Hip Hop and Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway” are $15 for the public, or $10 for museum members. Tickets are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee.