Creating African Fashion Histories
Creating African Fashion Histories, an international conference hosted by Royal Pavilion & Museums (Brighton) with the Sussex Africa Centre/University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, will take place on Wednesday 2 November 2016. The conference coincides with Fashion Cities Africa, the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion, on display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until 8 January 2017.
The conference Creating African Fashion Histories will explore the possibilities and limitations of dress and fashion history to discuss current and past narratives in African fashion. Panels will focus on the construction of African fashion histories; the role of African Diasporas in the translation of African fashions; new directions in collecting and curating African fashion and the evolution of new platforms for the dissemination of African fashion. The conference is aimed at all those engaged in research and debate around these themes, including those active in the fields of dress and fashion history, international design trends, Africa and African diaspora studies and museum curating.
Conference speakers reflect the diverse interests of those engaged in this field including academic specialists (Victoria Rovine, Carol Tulloch, Heather Akou, Erica de Greef, Jody Benjamin), fashion journalists, writers and consultants (Helen Jennings, Hannah Pool, Mouna Belgrini), museum curators and fashion bloggers (Joseph Ouechen) amongst others.
The conference fee (£65 full price, £50 concessions) includes an evening reception and a chance to view the exhibition.
More information and booking: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/creating-african-fashion-histories/
Location: The Old Court Room, 118 Church St, Brighton.
Creating African Fashion Histories Conference Assistant
Fashioning Africa Collection Panel Member, Brighton Museum