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Costume Institute of the African Diaspora

Where History & Culture Meet Fashion


The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is dedicated to researching the history and culture of clothing and adornment from the African Diaspora and using that research to produce outcomes such as projects and lectures in order to educate the public about dress cultures developed by people of African heritage…Read more

CIAD Exchange Lecture Series

The CIAD Exchange is a platform to share research into aspects of African Diaspora dress cultures. The Exchange takes the form of a two-hour event, with a lecture and Q & A followed by networking. Click the link to read about the  Next Exchange lecture. 


The CIAD Newsletter is published quarterly and provides a snapshot of the events occurring across the African Diaspora relating to fashion, history and culture. Read latest newsletter



BLKOUT is a monthly blog that critically investigates the representation and the aesthetics of the black body within the cultural landscape of fashion. Read the blog

Browse through the sections below which contain interviews or research directed articles on various aspects of clothing from around the African Diaspora