What is it about?

This article is about a sited fashion project completed in Honolulu, in 2015. It discusses how this participatory project provided informal fashion design and entrepreneurship training to a diverse group of Hawai'i residents.

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Why is it important?

Titled Ahola (aloha spelled backwards), the project saw to challenge stereotypical views of Hawai'ian Culture and Hawai'i's people though direct collaboration with Native Hawai'ian participants, makers and knowledge keepers. Together we explored authentic themes, concepts, images and objects. These informed the design, production and presentation of a fashion collection during Hawai'i Fashion Month 2016.

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This article demonstrates that getting real people involved in design and learning processes is a powerful tool for decolonizing both, fashion and higher education. In addition, this article allowed me to investigate the implications to fashion and fashion education of allowing voices that aren't usually privileged by mainstream society.

Henry Navarro Delgado
Ryerson University

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This page is a summary of: Ahola (aloha backwards): Social practice fashion Honolulu style, Art Design & Communication in Higher Education, April 2018, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/adch.17.1.107_1.
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