THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION
Lisa Cortés and Farah X
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An exploration of the intersection of fashion and hip hop in the late 1980s and ’90s.
It’s undeniable that hip hop has been wildly influential as a cultural force since its origins in the 1980s. Filmmakers Lisa Cortés and Farah X focus on one specific aspect of its reach – the world of fashion. With the growth of hip hop music also came the development of a wide range of looks and styles, eventually leading to lucrative brands. This entertaining doc reveals some of the individuals behind the fashion, perhaps well known from within the hip hop scene, but not necessarily given the credit or wider acclaim they were rightly due before their creativity was co-opted and appropriated by corporations. Figures like Misa Hylton, April Walker, Kerby Jean-Raymond, and Dapper Dan – pivotal in establishing the iconic imagery of hip hop culture – come out from behind the scenes to claim the spotlight and reveal the sometimes contentious history of their visionary looks.