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Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Africa Print Fashion Now"
Victoria L. Rovine

Associate Proffesor of Art History, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

10:30 a.m. Refreshments                   11:00 a.m. Program

Lenart Auditorium, Floor A, Fowler Museum, UCLA

REFRESHMENTS: Enjoy a 10:30 am coffee reception before the talk.

Co-sponsored by the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Inc.

In conjunction with the exhibition African-Print Fashion Now!, Victoria L. Rovine, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, addresses African fashion designers inspired by longstanding traditional dress practices, which they transform to create something new. These innovations feature both African-print cloth and other textiles and media.

African-Print Fashion Now introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse African dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits: “popular” African-print styles created by local seamstresses and tailors across the continent; international runway fashions designed by Africa’s newest generation of couturiers; and boundary-breaking, transnational, and youth styles favored in Africa’s urban centers. All feature the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles that have come to be known as “African-print cloth.”

The exhibition tells the global stories of these textiles—the early history of the print cloth trade in West and Central Africa, the expansion of production following independence movements, and the increasing popularity of Asian-made print cloth today. Popular African styles from Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Senegal are featured, as well as groundbreaking runway fashions by some of Africa’s most talented couturiers: Ituen Basi, Gilles Touré, Lanre da Silva Ajayi, Titi Ademola, Lisa Folawiyo, Dent de Man, Adama Paris, Patricia Waota, Ikiré Jones, and Afua Dabanka. Black-and-white studio portraits illuminate print fashions of the 1960s and 1970s, while works by contemporary artists incorporate African print to convey evocative messages about heritage, hybridity, displacement, and aspiration.

Victoria Rovine is associate professor of Art History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rovine specializes in African art with a focus on African textiles and dress practices, and on Africa’s presence in Western visual culture, particularly in early twentieth century Europe. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Prof. Rovine has conducted research in Mali since the early 1990s, and has also worked in Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, and elsewhere in Africa.


There will be an exclusive Gallery Tour of the exhibition for TMA/SC members by Betsy Quick immediately following the lecture. Please gather at the entrance to the gallery.

PARKING available in UCLA Lot 4, 221 Westwood Plaza at Sunset Blvd. Parking is $3/hr or att max $12/day

Pay for your estimated time, and hold on to the ticket (you don’t have to put it back in the window of your car.)


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