Fashion greatly affects both identity and perception, making it an especially powerful tool for cultural diplomacy.
Michael Ardaiolo discusses fashion diplomacy and how fashion can affect cross-cultural identities with Harriet Brown and Timi Komonibo.
Harriet Brown is an associate professor at Syracuse University. She has more than 30 years of experience as both a writer and editor in magazines. You can find her recent work in the New York Times science section, where she covers issues like food, eating and body image. Prof. Brown’s most recent book is Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, a work of both memoir and science journalism based on a feature that ran in the New York Times Magazine; the book won a “Books for a Better Life” award in 2011.
Timi Komonibo is a graduate student in pubic diplomacy at Syracuse University. She recently launched the non-profit Style Lottery, an initiative that help young women with low-income backgrounds. She blogs on fashion and lifestyle.
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