Director and Researcher:
Teleica is the founder, director and principle researcher for the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora. With over 20 years experience working in the fashion and costume industry Teleica has worked on West End shows, with Japanese design companies and with community groups and local government authorities. As a university and college lecturer and mentor she has given lectures and held seminars and workshops at universities and schools all over London. Teleica has run fashion accessories and costume design businesses securing commissions from prestigious travel companies and professional performers. She has travelled extensively throughout Africa and the Diaspora making links with designers, artisans and practitioners across the globe. Most recently she has become a fellow of the Winston Churchill foundation and is currently researching fashion and costume history from the Caribbean.
Project and Events Manager:
Paula holds an honours degree in African studies and has researched and travelled extensively throughout the African Diaspora. As the project coordinator for ADAD (the African Diaspora Association of Dance) she has organised and managed dance festivals, conferences and symposiums. Having worked in university management she has established organisations that regularly bring together artisans and practitioners from across the Diaspora.
Web Developer and Designer:
Richard is an experienced web consultant with more than 15 years in the industry. Starting out in the corporate arena, he worked on numerous high-profile international projects in locations ranging from Los Angeles to Australia and throughout Europe. His particular expertise is working with non-profit organisations and start-ups where he brings his wealth of private-sector knowledge to the particular challenges of smaller businesses.
Ilham holds an honours degree in modern languages and has provided translation and communication services to dignitaries, artisans and performance artists. She is fluent in five languages and has traveled extensively and lived in many parts of Africa and the African Diaspora. Having studied many different cultures from around Africa and the African Diaspora Ilham provides and embodies an enthusiastic and charismatic bridge between many different cultures which enables strong contacts and links to be developed between diverse communities.
Angelique is an author and women’s wear designer with over 10 years experience working in the fashion industry. She has a wealth of experience in a range of companies from Paul Smith through to Jane Norman, designing across all product areas including prints & embellishments. Angelique has an avid interest in the politics of intellectual property and as a published author won 1st prize in the Nature Island Literary Festival in Dominica.
Ericka is a visual artist and fashion scholar living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an M.A. in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University’s Department of Art & Art Professions and has lectured nationally and internationally on subcultural style, the fashion/art interface, and aspects of representation and identity in dress. She currently works independently and has most recently been working on a study of hip hop fashion and rap lyrics in relation to cultural identity formations.
Shelly Ann McFarlane
Shelley Ann is a PhD candidate for Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. She has an avid interest in Caribbean dress and fashion trends, and her thesis examines, in particular, the dancehall dress aesthetic. Shelly Ann devised and delivers the History of Jamaican Dress and Fashion Industry course at Edna Manley School of Performing Arts and is CEO and Chief Researcher at Caribbean Dress Institute due to be launched in September 2012.