A ONE-OF-A-KIND DRESS CONFERENCE – “SI WI YAH: SARTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA” by Costume Institute of the African Diaspora – A Two Day Event

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018, 10:00 am @ The London College of Fashion, Senate House, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora’s first dress conference seeks to understand how Diaspora communities came to be visually represented or have developed the agency to represent themselves and establish their identities through clothing and adornment.

This conference brings together researchers from across the globe who are working within the field of African Diaspora studies. The work presented here will look at the myriad of different factors which have affected the way people of African heritage have represented themselves in the world.

Please click here: Conference Programme  to view and download the Conference programme.

Ticket Prices and Packages:

  • Conference & workshop standard fee: £65 + booking fee
  • Conference & workshop concession fee**: £45 + booking fee

Conference only @ Venue: London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ:

  • Standard fee: £50 + booking fee
  • Concession fee**: £35 + booking fee

Workshop only @ Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU:

  • Standard fee: £20 + booking fee
  • Concession fee**: £15 + booking fee

**Concessions apply to all students with valid ID

Keynote Speakers:

* Professor Carol Tulloch – Contextually speaking, “every mistake is a fashion”

Carol Tulloch is Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the University of the Arts London, where she is based at Chelsea College of Arts and is a member of TrAIN. She is the Chelsea College of Arts/V&A Fellow in Black Visual and Material Culture at the V&A Museum. Her recent publications include The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the Africa Diaspora (2016), Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism: (co-editor 2015), A Riot of Our Own: A Reflection on Agency (2014/2018), and her recent exhibitions include Jessica Ogden: Still (2017), The Flat Cloth Cap (2016), Syd Shelton: A Riot of Our Own (co-curator 2015-17).

* Laduma Ngxokolo – Maxhosa By Laduma: A Journey Of An Entrepreneur – The Story Behind The Brand & Its Impact On The African Design Space – 

Laduma Ngxokolo is one of Africa’s finest creatives, an innovative fashion designer and cultural icon. He has created a global fashion brand – MAXHOSA BY LADUMA – that has captured the hearts of fashionistas across the world, where his designs have graced runways and been featured in numerous fashion editorials. Drawing inspiration from the traditions and arts of his native South African Xhosa culture, his design journey began in 2010 when he started looking into finding knitwear design solutions for Amakrwala (Xhosa initiates). As he is a descendant of the Mpondo clan it was his own experience of the traditional initiation ritual that led to the development of his striking and elegant knitwear collection.

The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is an organisation established to research the history, culture and socio-political aspects of clothing and adornment from the African Diaspora. CIAD aims to highlight hidden histories within the field of clothing, fashion and adornment from global communities with African heritage, revealing cross-cultural influences and engagements.

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