‘Creating African Fashion Histories in the UK’

Thursday 28th June 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM @ Northumbria University London Campus, 110 Middlesex Street, London EH1 7TH


The presentation will look at a Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Fashioning Africa’ which sought to address a gap in UK museum collections of African clothing from the post-colonial period.

The paper will explore the reasons why African fashion was not systematically collected by UK institutions, looking at how museum categories and processes have favoured the perpetuation of a perception of Africa as local, rural and traditional rather than transnational, cosmopolitan and modern.

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It will then go on to discuss the Fashioning Africa project including the role of the panel, the collecting process and the objects acquired. To what extent had the project been able to disrupt museum processes?

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Nicola Stylianou was awarded a PhD in 2013 for her thesis ‘Producing and Collecting for Empire: African textiles at the V&A 1852-2002.’. An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between TrAIN at the University of Arts London (UAL) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

She has worked at the University of Sussex as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate exploring African artefacts in the museums of Kent and Sussex. She is a member and consultant at the Fashioning Africa Collection Panel, Brighton Museum.

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