documentary highlights the styles that have shaped not just hip-hop culture, but impacted fashion as a whole. Sitting down with everyone from Big Daddy Kane to Kanye West, the films speaks to the icons themselves, pointing out that in hip-hop, style was more than skin-deep—it defined your persona
With hip-hop's core value of competition (something inherited from the gangs of the 1970s), standing out wasn't just idealized, it was necessary. A fresh outfit wasn't simply an indicator of having money, it let people know who you were and where you came from. "Hip-hop is based on language," said Jenkins. "Hip-hop uses a vast vocabulary when it comes to music...you're referencing lots of different things using words and colors. The way we dress in hip-hop is it's language...what you wear is an extension of who you are and where you're from." He continued, "fashion is communication, and it's also freedom."
As the film shows in a segment that identifies styles by NYC borough, the clothing you wore was an indication of the neighborhood(s) and cultures that influenced your life.
If you're interested in viewing Fresh Dressed, tune into CNN at 10 p.m. EST tonight. If you can't wait that long (or happen to love the film), you can rent and purchase Fresh Dressed on Vimeo.
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