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Creating African Fashion Histories : Politics, Museums, and Sartorial Practices

Creating African Fashion Histories : Politics, Museums, and Sartorial Practices

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Creating African Fashion Histories : Politics, Museums, and Sartorial Practices

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Edited by JoAnn McGregor and Heather M. Akou. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2022.

360 pp. Minimal Illustrations (all col.). 23 x 15 cm. LC 2021-40952 In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9780253060129

The editors are senior faculty members who are both established authors in the fields of African studies, dress history, art history, and human geography. They also all have curatorial experience. — This reflection on sources and methods is timely given the resurgence of interest in African fashion within academia, museums, and the fashion world. — The list adds to the list in its clear and vivid exploration of a topic that resonates beyond academia and in its interdisciplinarity and international pool of contributors. — The work will appeal to scholars working in African fashion within academia, musems, the fashion world and scholars working in African studies, museum studies, fashion and design studies, African history, art history, anthropology, and cultural geography. 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 ethnographic materials—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 brings 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. The editors of this volume seek 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.

Subject Headings: African Art ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Costume/Fashion -- Decorative Arts and Design --

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