Conversations About Jazz Looks At The Fashion Of Jazz On June 10
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ATLANTA - eMusicWire -- This month's Conversations about Jazz & Other Distractions with Carl Anthony delves into The Fashion Of Jazz. On Thursday, June 10th at 7:30 pm (EST) Carl's guests will be fashion designer and educator Asanyah Davidson and fashion merchandising specialist and author Alphonso D. McClendon. This event via Zoom is free for Hammonds House Museum members and $5 for non-members. Register at (

Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Asanyah Davidson has spent many years in Miami, FL and abroad. An Alumni of Design and Architecture Senior High, she calls Miami homebase. Having attended some of the best schools in fashion from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she did her undergraduate studies, to her year abroad at Polimoda in Florence, Italy, and Central Saint Martins at University of the Arts London where she completed her Masters. After her love of teaching and knowledge of fashion took her to Africa where she taught at fashion schools in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana, she returned to South Florida where she is currently founding Chairperson of the Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College.

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Alphonso D. McClendon is Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He teaches courses in sourcing strategies for the apparel and textile industry, fashion business practice and entrepreneurship, merchandise operations and management, retail analytics and digital design. He came to Drexel after 15 years of corporate experience as a director of design, product development manager and accountant having worked with companies such as VF Corp., Nautica, Phillips-Van Heusen, Izod, and 3M. McClendon has traveled extensively in Taiwan, China, Japan and South Korea for retail analysis, design research, product development and manufacturing.

McClendon is the author of Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation (Bloomsbury 2015). The book explores the social and political attachments of jazz and dress as well as key themes of race, class and gender.

Hammonds House Museum is generously supported by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Fulton County Arts and Culture, the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The National Performance Network, AT&T and WarnerMedia.

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Hammonds House Museum's mission is to celebrate and share the cultural diversity and important legacy of artists of African descent. The museum is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and a passionate arts patron. A 501(c)3 organization which opened in 1988, Hammonds House Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 450 works including art by Romare Bearden, Robert S. Duncanson, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Hale Woodruff, Amalia Amaki, Radcliffe Bailey and Kojo Griffin. For more information visit their website: (

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