Creative Design: Undergraduate

The New Negro

  • Christian Thornton (University of North Texas)
  • Chanjuan Chen (University of North Texas)


Taking majority of this ensemble’s inspiration from Alain Locke’s (2015) book, The New Negro: AnInterpretation, the goal of this ensemble was to convey a sense of strength and pride as well as a visual representation of “The New Negro”. This one-of-a-kind look transforms traditional American staples like denim and cotton shirts into a couture ensemble. It combined history, art, and fashion to tell a story of identity while employed various fashion technologies and techniques. From its digital mockup to its final physical form this piece acts as more than a fashionable garment. It acts as apiece of art, an impactful statement, and a sign of resilience.

Keywords: black history, CLO, digital textile printing, menswear, denim, upcycling

How to Cite:

Thornton, C. & Chen, C., (2024) “The New Negro”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
28 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed