African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance

by Karen Tranberg Hansen & D. Soyini Madison


Dress and fashion practices in Africa and the diaspora are dynamic and diverse, whether on the street or on the fashion runway. Focusing on the dressed body as a performance site, African Dress explores how ideas and practices of dress contest or legitimize existing power structures through expressions of individual identity and the cultural and political order.

Drawing on innovative, interdisciplinary research by established and up-and-coming scholars, the book examines real-life projects and social transformations that are deeply political, revolving around individual and public goals of dignity, respect, status, and morality.

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