Creative Arts and Design > Clothing/Fashion Design
Historical and Philosophical studies > Social History]
Black Style’is a dialogue on dress and textiles associated with the African diaspora. It looks at different parts of the region, West Africa, Jamaica, the United States and Britain. The book filled a gap in this under-researched area of study where the main concentration has been on parts of Africa and African-America. A primary aim was to highlight the connections and unique qualities of the different cultural groups of the diaspora.
The book supported the exhibition 'Black British Style’. It expanded on the latter’s aim to present a visual discussion on the internal cultural exchange of garments and political or cultural empathy within the African diaspora. The publication provides a broader picture of what has driven particular style influences within the diaspora, and underwrites their desirability by other groups.
An overriding issue, which emerged alongside that of identity and place in the contributory chapters, was the quest for respect, dignity and self-worth. In the process of editing the book issues and ideas sited informed the exhibition, and vice versa. Together they highlighted the social and political complexities that have helped to shape the identities of black men, women and children, and the cultural influences such as music, performance and design on their lives and dress practices.
The national and international response to the book reiterated the above. Overall the consensus is that this form of study is long overdue. Its publication led to invitations to speak at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2004); The British Council’s ‘Interaction Networking Event on Cultural Heritage’, Livingstone, Zambia (2005); South African Fashion Week Seminars, Johannesburg (2006), and explanation of my research practice to Ph.D candidates at De Montfort University, Leicester (2006).
|Type of Research:||Book|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
My current research continues with the telling of selves through the dressed black body, which has progressed through the inclusion of narrative studies. This line of inquiry has shifted to understand how individuals negotiate this within diverse contexts-locally, nationally or internationally. Therefore my work has begun to include other groups with similar experience, and/or cultural collaboration, with people of the African diaspora in order to develop a dialogue in the telling and place of individuals and groups. This has partly developed out of the AHRC funded 'Dress and the African Diaspora Network' I co-ordinated over the past two years. Material and visual culture remain central to this investigation, but I now make use of a wider range of media beyond my usual focus of garments, accessories and photography. Exploration of this is being conducted through writing and curating.
|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||V&A Publication: London|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
|Related Websites:||http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/community/black_heritage/bbs/index.html, http://www.amazon.com/dp/1851774246?tag=isbndb-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1851774246&adid=0ZRRY2ASCA07R32FCKN2&|
|Deposited By:||Carol Tulloch|
|Deposited On:||07 Dec 2009 12:57|
|Last Modified:||22 Feb 2011 16:08|