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Creating African fashion histories : politics, museums, and sartorial practices / edited by JoAnn McGregor, Heather Akou, and Nicola Stylianou

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Creating African Fashion Histories (Conference) (2016 : Brighton, England), author.
Publication Info.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2022]


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"This volume originated as papers presented to the conference "Creating African Fashion Histories" held at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in Novermber 2016".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Creating African Fashion Histories: Politics, Museums, and Sartorial Practices / JoAnn McGregor -- Historicizing Fashion in Western Africa: Global Linkages, Regional Markets, and Local Tastes, 1400-1850 / Jody Benjamin -- Finding Fashion in the Museum: (Re)Assembling a Precolonial Eastern African Fashion Moment / Sarah Fee -- Beloved, Ignored, and Contested: The Politics of Kente in Ghana since the 1960s / Malika Kraamer -- Translocal Subjectivities, Space, and Aesthetics: The World of Nigerian Fashion / Harriet Hughes -- Fabric in the Fashion Photography of Omar Victor Diop / Beth Buggenhagen -- "There Was No Fashion in Morocco Before": (Re)Creating Contemporary Moroccan Fashion History / M. Angela Jansen -- Unrest and Dress: The Symbol of the Sycamore Tree in Oromo Adornment / Peri M. Klemm -- Stories behind the Collections and Why They Matter: Examples from Indiana University / Heather Akou -- Refashioning Clothing Collections in South African Museums / Erica de Greef -- Fashioning Africa: Using a New Collection of Dress to Decolonize Museum Practice / Edith Ojo, Helen Mears, and Nicola Stylianou.
"Creating African Fashion Histories examines the stark disjuncture between African self-fashioning and museum practices. Conventionally, African clothing, textiles, and body adornments were classified by museums as examples of trade goods, art, and as ethnographic-never as "fashion." Counterposing the dynamism of African fashion with museums' historic holdings thus provides a unique way of confronting ways in which coloniality persists in knowledge and institutions today. This volume breaks new ground by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and curators to debate sources and approaches for constructing African fashion histories, and to examine their potential for decolonizing museums, fashion studies and global cultural history. Creating African Fashion Histories seeks to answer questions such as: How can researchers use museum collections to reveal traces of past self-fashioning that are obscured by racialized forms of knowledge and institutional practice? How can archival, visual, oral, ethnographic, and online sources be deployed to capture the diversity of African sartorial pasts? How can scholars and curators decolonize the Eurocentric frames of thinking encapsulated in historic collections and current curricula? Can new collections of African fashion decolonize museum practice? From Moroccan fashion bloggers to upmarket Lagos designers, the voices in this ground-breaking collection reveal fascinating histories and geographies of circulation within and beyond the continent and its diasporic communities"-- Provided by publisher.
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 15, 2022).
Local Note
Fashion -- Africa -- History -- Congresses.
Clothing and dress -- Africa -- History -- Congresses.
Museums -- Collection management -- Great Britain -- Congresses.
Musées -- Gestion des collections -- Grande-Bretagne -- Congrès.
ART / African
Clothing and dress
Museums -- Collection management
Great Britain
proceedings (reports)
Conference papers and proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings.
Actes de congrès.
Added Author
McGregor, JoAnn, editor.
Akou, Heather Marie, editor.
Stylianou, Nicola, editor.
Other Form:
Print version: Creating African Fashion Histories (Conference) (2016 : Creating African fashion histories Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2022 9780253060112 (DLC) 2021040952
9780253060143 electronic book
0253060141 electronic book
9780253060136 electronic book
0253060133 electronic book
9780253060112 hardcover
9780253060129 paperback