Rendering Revolution

Launched in 2020, Rendering Revolution: Sartorial Approaches to Haitian History is a bilingual Haitian Creole-English, open-source digital humanities project that documents the significant role that fashion and clothing played in the production of identity during and after the Haitian Revolution—a cataclysmic event that resulted in the formation of the first independent Black state in the western hemisphere. By focusing on stories of self-fashioning that rarely receive attention in colonial archives, “Rendering Revolution” explores the many ways in which modern identities (and concepts such as human liberty) were formed in relation to the legacy of slavery in the Americas.