“African Catwalk” – a documentary on South African fashion

African Catwalk, directed by Paolo Pisacane and produced by Todos Contentos y Yo Tambien for Italy’s National Broadcaster (RAI), is a fashion documentary shot at South African Fashion Week Johannesburg in March 2019. African Catwalk uses the revealing lens of fashion to lead us through the intricacies of the country, its society, its contradictions and its boundless energy. It follows …

Talents: Vusie Shabba on being an emerging stylist in South Africa

Vusimuzi Terrence Shabalala, or Vusie Shabba as he prefers to be called, is a fashion stylist, events organizer, influencer, innovative, dreamer of 25. He was born in Soweto Meadowlands and has been based in Braamficher since 2007. Who is Vusie Shabba and what is your history? I grew up participating in a lot of life skills activities, I grew up …

My new article on Selly Raby Kane is out

Last month “Selly Raby Kane: surrealist designer and social innovator” was published in Fashion Studies, as a downloadable and freely accessible paper. Citation: Picarelli, Enrica. “Selly Raby Kane: Surrealist Designer and Social Innovator.” Fashion Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2019, pp. , www.fashionstudies.ca/selly-raby-kane/ This is a milestone for my research, that I have had to put aside for other, more …

MY GUEST POST FOR THE RESEARCH COLLECTIVE FOR DECOLONIZING FASHION IS OUT

The Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion is a transnational network of scholars that was established to highlight diversity in fashion and encourage investigation of non-European systems and cross-cultural perspectives on them. I contributed a post to their blog, sharing some figures in support of my thesis that the cultural work around street fashion that happens on Instagram advances an alternative …

An article in Italian on Afrosartorialism

Last month an article on Afrosartorialism appeared in Italian in Il Giornale delle Fondazioni. I’m especially happy about this feature because this is Italy’s principal platform focusing on cultural governance and innovation. I have been in touch with the author, Claudio Calveri who is digital strategy at DeRev Lab and expert of cultural innovation, since the beginning of my research. …

AFRICAN FASHION FILMS

The universe of African fashion films is diverse and under-investigated. Most of the times they are left out of discussions of African fashion in spite of an uptick in their production and the positive reception on the continent. Given fashion’s heavy reliance and emphasis on storytelling for branding and marketing purposes, this lack of attention is hard to explain. In my …