CIAD Biennial Dress Conference

People of African heritage have been moved across the globe, through forced or self-determined migration in the western hemisphere, for hundreds of years. As they came to settle in various corners of the globe, the retention of their African origins mixed with their new environments and other cultures and have developed the myriad of different communities that make up the African Diaspora.

Colonial textbooks have suggested that people on the continent of Africa, had little in the way of material or sartorial culture, with which to distinguish themselves and certainly nothing to rival the elegance of Europe. It is fair to say that not only has historic style and culture coming out of Africa been of the merit and quality on a par with Europe, but that oftentimes what has come out of the continent has been of such total opposite to the considerations of Europe that the eminence has been unrecognisable by historical westernised anthropologists and writers.

Having been transplanted in one way or another into different countries and communities around the world, people of African heritage have often helped to shape and enhance the culture of the countries within which they have found themselves.

First Conference

Si Wi Yah: Sartorial Representations of the African Diaspora

Si Wi Yah; Sartorial Representations of the African Diaspora Friday 4th May 2018, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ and Saturday 5th May 2018, Senate House, University of London, Malet St,

Second Conference

Fibres, Threads and Fabrics: Textiles and Cloth as Material Culture

Fibres, Threads and Fabrics: The Material Cultures of Textiles and Cloth. Friday 28th October 2022, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ 

Third Conference

Sa Lapo Ki Nou Ladan (The Skin We're In): Explorations into Skin Politics

Sa Lapo Ki Nou Ladan (The Skin We’re In):  Explorations into Skin Politics. Saturday 6th July 2024, SOAS University, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG