The canon of fashion history is one that often excludes non-white cultural producers who exist outside of Europe and the United States. In the past, when African fashion has been included, at best, it was presented as simple and unchanging—and as “costume” instead of “fashion.” At worst, it was not presented at all. Here is a selection of five different sources that can help us to decolonize and broaden the scope of the global fashion system.

two women in the foreground clasp hands, while some 9 other women stand in the background. All are dressed in vibrant colors.

Photo by John McArthur. Kenyan Tribal Dance, 2018⁠.

Afrosartorialism – A research project on fashion and streetstyle sartorialism from Africa by Dr. Enrica Picarelli