Red Native American Prom Dress
Choctaw activist, Cornell collaborated with designer Della BigHair-Stump (Crow) to design this dress, which she wore to her prom in 2018. She used the dress to call attention to the national epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States.
Minnijean Brown Trickey’s 1959 High School Graduation Dress
Civil Rights leader Brown, one of the Little Rock Nine, wore this dress to her high school graduation in 1959. She graduated from New Lincoln School in New York City, after being assaulted in Arkansas. The dress expressed Brown’s sense of beauty and dignity at her graduation.
El Camino Junior High School Titans Hoodie, Santa Maria, California, United States, ca 2007
Ramirez wore this hoodie and bandana while picking produce in California as a teenager. The hoodie and bandana protected her from the harsh conditions in the field: the sun, dust, fertilizers and pesticides.
National Museum of American History
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