Dr. Heather Akou: Creating African Fashion Histories

Dr. Heather Akou: Creating African Fashion Histories

Library Salon Series

Start date

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:00pm

End date

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:30pm

Akou collage


Join us as Dr. Heather Akou, associate professor of fashion design and merchandising in the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University Bloomington, explores how fashion collections have influenced the study of fashion. She’ll focus on three collections of artifacts held at Indiana University: one from Congo (1920s), one from Somalia (1970s), and one from a Nigerian-Ghanaian woman (donated in 2013). Although all collections are valuable, some are better documented than others and some are culturally appropriate, while others have been gathered in very inappropriate, exploitive ways. This talk examines why these stories matter for the study of African fashion.

MSAB acknowledgement