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 …

TALENTS – CLINT MALIK PUTS NAIROBI ON THE BLACK FUTURIST MAP (interview)

Clinton Malik is a creative, style blogger and fashion model from Kenya with a visionary style that mixes afrofuturism and nostalgia. Since starting “Be your own creation” (BYOC) in May 2015, a brand promoting originality, creativity and self-worth through fashion, travel, art and music, he has built a solid reputation as a community-focused stylist and a big following on social …

VISUALS: “BEAUTIFUL SADNESS”, MOUS LAMRABAT FOR MAISON ART/C

Maison ART/C is the Moroccan fashion house launched by the Israeli designer Artsi Ifrach, renowned for sumptuous items characterized by an eye-catching use of color and prints. The garments are all made on request and  from recycled materials.   “Beautiful sadness” is the maison’s new collection lensed by Mous Lamrabat for Hub of Africa in Addis Ababa. I love the …

DURO OLOWU’S INSTAGRAM EDUCATES FOLLOWERS ON BLACK EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS

Duro Olowu is known chiefly for two things: a style that mixes prints and textures (dubbed “Prints Charming” by Helen Jennings) and his endorsement by former First Lady Michelle Obama, who also had him decorate the Vermeil Room of the White House for Christmas. Since establishing his brand in 2004 following an experience with his former wife and winning New Designer of …