Christine Checinska: “There Are Many Ways To Be African And Fashionable”

As both scholar and designer, Christine Checinska has worked in fashion for decades. Through the years, she has developed a substantial body of work on the relationship between race, culture, and cloth, focusing on British and British-diasporan contexts. She is currently Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where she is curating Africa Fashion,  which will engage fashion as an empowering practice and a lens to spotlight the diversity of African cultures from June of next year. She shared with me her vision for this exciting event that will include crowdsourced materials.

Imane Ayissi, Catwalk Image, SpringSummer 2020 © Imane Ayissi. Photograph by Fabrice Malard. COURTESY Victoria & Albert Museum

Read the interview on Griot Magazine.