Documentary History Project for Youth Vol. 4 - "Something To Wear"

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2001 Documentary History Project for Youth

Documentary History Project for Youth Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Documentary History Project for Youth (DHPY) is an annual after-school, weekend and summertime digital media production workshop for middle and high school students. Each year, youth participants create short documentary films as a way to explore some aspect of the social, political and cultural history of Philadelphia. 


DHPY Students: Rachel Chapman (Conestoga High School), Loren Hicks (Central High School), Kyree Holmes (Central High School), Cabral Keita (Project Learn), Terrina Price (Masterman School) and Nicole Santiago (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts)


Instructors: Tina Morton and Maria Teresa Rodriguez


Film Summary:

Did you know that pedal pushers were made for safety reasons? Or that jeans were originally designed for gold diggers? (Real gold diggers, not the money-hungry vixens commonly found in a rap video or hip hop song near you.) Something To Wear colorfully traces the history of fashion from the 1960s to the present and addresses the social, political and economic impact that fashions has made -- and continues to make -- on our society.

The video also turns an appraising eye toward fashion as a form of communication, how politics and economics have influenced fashion trends from the 1960s through the new millennium, and the "trickle down theories" of race and music's impact on fashion in the streets and on the runway. Six students conducted all research, interviewed young designers from the Moore College of Arts, and handled the camerawork and editing themselves.



May 16, 2001 | "Severed Souls: Wrongly Accused, Corrine Sykes, First Black Woman Executed," by Arlene Edmonds, Philadelphia New Observer


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 17, 2001 | Preview screening at the African American Museum of Philadelphia
March 10, 2001 | Part of Youth Media Jam II at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)