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African fashion is as diverse and dynamic as the continent and the people who live there. While experts have long recognized the importance of clothing as a marker of ethnic identity, life stages, political affiliation, and social class, they have only just begun to discover African fashion. Contemporary African Fashion puts Africa at the intersection of world cultures and globalized identities, displaying the powerful creative force and impact of newly emerging styles. Richly illustrated with color photographs, this book showcases haute couture for the African continent. The visual impact of fashion created and worn today in Africa comes to life here, beautifully and brilliantly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part One. Fashion within the African Continent
  2. pp. 9-85
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  1. 1. The Ghanaian Kaba: Fashion That Sustains Culture
  2. pp. 11-27
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  1. 2. The Visual City: Tailors, Creativity, and Urban Life in Dakar, Senegal
  2. pp. 29-37
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  1. 3. Secondhand Clothing and Fashion in Africa
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. 4. Fashion, Not Weather: A Rural Primer of Style
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. 5. Contemporary Wedding Fashions in Lagos, Nigeria
  2. pp. 67-85
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  1. Part Two . African Fashion Designers
  2. pp. 87-153
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  1. 6. African Fashion: Design, Identity, and History
  2. pp. 89-103
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  1. 7. Using the Past to Sculpt the Costume of the Future: An Interview with Kandioura Coulibaly
  2. pp. 105-121
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  1. 8. Intersecting Creativities: Oumou Sy’s Costumes in the Dakar Landscape
  2. pp. 123-137
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  1. 9. From Cemetery to Runway: Dress and Identity in Highland Madagascar
  2. pp. 139-153
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  1. Part Three. African Fashion in the Diaspora
  2. pp. 155-219
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  1. 10. La Sape Exposed! High Fashion among Lower-Class Congolese Youth: From Colonial Modernity to Global Cosmopolitanism
  2. pp. 157-173
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  1. 11. Have Cloth—Will Travel
  2. pp. 175-189
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  1. 12. Dressing Somali (Some Assembly Required)
  2. pp. 191-203
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  1. 13. Translating African Textiles into U.S. Fashion Design: Brenda Winstead and Damali Afrikan Wear
  2. pp. 205-219
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  1. Further Readings
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. List of Contributing Authors
  2. pp. 227-228
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253001405
Related ISBN
9780253222565
MARC Record
OCLC
747431637
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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