CREATING AFRICAN FASHION HISTORIES, politics, museums and sartorial practices

: McGregor (J.), Akou (H.) & Stylianou (N.) eds.

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350pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2022


"This volume originated as papers presented to the conference "Creating African Fashion Histories" held at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in November 2016."

Contributions include:

"Refashioning Clothing Collections in South African Museums" by Erica de Greef.

"This book is an important contribution at the intersection of fashion history, museum curatorial studies, and anti-colonial intellectual practice. Like the exhibition from which it comes, this work 'underlines both the urgent need for, and obstacles facing, efforts to bring about significant institutional change' within museums when it comes to the collection and display of African creative products. Thus, it is a work of importance for our times, as a reflection point for those engaged in the display of African fashion collections. As decolonization debates continue and many museums remain at the forefront of their subsumption into a neoliberal rhetoric that serves to maintain rather than disrupt the status quo, this volume's essays and the ideas they explore keep vital debates not only relevant, but useful for those who truly work toward continuing to disentangle museums from their colonial foundations." Davinia Gregory-Kameka

JoAnn McGregor is Professor of Human Geography, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She is author of Crossing the Zambezi: The politics of landscape on a Central African frontier and co-author (with Jocelyn Alexander and Terence Ranger) of Violence and Memory: One hundred years in the 'dark forests' of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. She was part of the Fashioning Africa Collection Panel at the Brighton Museum.

Heather Akou is Associate Professor of Fashion Design and former Director of the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture & Design at Indiana University. She is author of The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture.

Nicola Stylianou is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex working on the AHRC-funded project "Making African Connections: Decolonial Futures for Colonial Collections."