What is it about?

‘All Tee, No Shade’ is a research project that explores the use of the men’s T-shirt to challenge and disrupt hegemonic subjectivities that contribute to the marginalization and discrimination of the queer Asian diaspora. Through an exploration of my pilot project of the same name, produced as part of the arts program of Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2020, I explore design methodologies that explore intersectional experiences of fashion and dress to challenge the discrimination and oppression associated with compounding conditions of race and sexuality.

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Why is it important?

The project contributes to broader discourses aimed at decentralizing dominant narratives in fashion practice and responds to a lack of academic research into diasporic Asian experiences of dress and, more specifically, queer diasporic Asian dress. It contributes to growing diverse and inclusive fashion practice methods for social change.

Perspectives

Using an autoethnographic approach, the work is informed by my past fashion design industry experience and reflects on racial and queer marginalization and discrimination through styling and fit.

Sang Thai
RMIT University

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This page is a summary of: ‘All Tee, No Shade’: A manifesto for a subtle critical practice negotiating queer, East Asian masculinities through T-shirts, Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, October 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/csmf_00034_1.
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