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Is clothing political?

Drawing on historical figures featured in Samson Kambalu’s exhibition New Liberia, this thought-provoking discussion between fashion researchers Teleica Kirkland, Krys Osei and Tosin Adeosun, explores the politics of clothing as a symbol of power and resistance in 20th and 21st century Africa and the African Diaspora.

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This online event will be live captioned, and a full transcript will be available on request after the event.

This event is part of the Humanities Cultural Programme at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities).

Teleica Kirkland

Teleica Kirkland is a fashion historian, Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies (CHS) at London College of Fashion and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University. She is also the founder and Creative Director of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) an organisation dedicated to researching the history and culture of dress and adornment from the African Diaspora.

In August 2014, Teleica curated Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora; CIAD’s first major project. In May 2018, Teleica chaired CIAD’s first International dress conference entitled Si Wi Yah: Sartorial Representations of the African Diaspora. @CIADuk

Krys Osei

Krys Osei is Lecturer in Cultural Studies for BA Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, and Lecturer in Fashion Media Production for BA Fashion Styling and Production at London College of Fashion. As a PhD Researcher and Creative Producer, her archival project maps geographies of transatlantic Ghanaian beauty narratives in Accra, London, and Washington, D.C.

Krys’ work has appeared in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture and Communication, Culture & Critique. Her forthcoming book chapter, ‘Blackness in Fashion Education’ will appear in The Fashion Activists’ Reader: Transforming Fashion Education and Ending Body Oppression in 2021.

Tosin Adeosun

Tosin Adeosun is a London based freelance researcher and curator specialising in fashion history from the African diaspora. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Sussex in Art History and Museum Curating with Photography and a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications. Tosin is the founder and curator of African Style Archive on Instagram - a platform dedicated to documenting African fashion history through archival photographs, footage and ephemera.

Some of the institutions Tosin has worked with on research and curatorial projects include London College of Fashion, Soho House, South London Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tosin continues to work to document African fashion history and culture through her platform, public engagement opportunities and commissioned projects.