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 …

READING FILES: CRITICAL ARTS, “(RE)FASHIONING AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORIC MASCULINITIES” (PART 1)

Stylin’ cannot be separated from [its] cultural roots or, indeed, routes – Checinska The journal Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies dedicated an issue to male self-fashioning in Africa and the diaspora. Edited by Leora Farber, the issue features articles that span South Africa, the Caribbean, the US, and Britain, shedding light on the under-investigated topic of black male …

READING FILES: VICTORIA ROVINE, AFRICAN FASHION, GLOBAL STYLE (2015)

So I got back to doing my thing after a year of maternity leave. It’s been intense and I missed blogging, but at the same time I couldn’t bring myself to devoting the little free time I had to writing. But since I have more time on my hands now (things aren’t properly ‘busy’ at work, read: I lost my …

STREETSTYLING OUTSIDE OF AFRICA

Brent Luvaas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Drexel University, is an expert of streetstyling and streetwear culture. His volume Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging is forthcoming for Bloomsbury. As I wait to read this book, I go back to Luvaas’ other insightful writings on street culture, looking for cues to help me better flesh out my own research on African streetstylers – the Afrosartorialists. …

READING FILES: NKA SPECIAL ISSUE ON BLACK FASHION (PART 2)

Here is the second part of my summary of NKA’s special issue on black fashion. I put a little commentary at the bottom. *** Bill Gaskins’ interview with Anthony Barboza traces the history of one of the most representative photographers of the African American fashion scene. Barboza, who worked for Essence, GQ and an array of major publications all through …

READING FILES: NKA SPECIAL ISSUE ON BLACK FASHION (PART 1)

NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art is out with a special issue on black fashion, featuring articles by eminent authors and artists. Its goal, as stated in the introduction by the editor Noliwe Rooks (Cornell University), is to approach the subject as “a launching point for thinking about race, gender, politics, powers, and class” (4). This is a good resource …

READING FILES: NICOLE R. FLEETWOOD, TROUBLING VISION (2011)

Troubling Vision (2011) is a key text for studying blackness and black identity from the point of view of visual studies. I am compelled by Fleetwood’s analysis of the double bind of blackness as something that saturates the field of vision, “troubling it” while also remaining complicit to, and thus reproducing, normative framings of racial difference. At the core of her …

AFRICAN FASHION AS VISUAL STORYTELLING – SOME NOTES INSPIRED BY VICTORIA ROVINE’S INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN FASHION, GLOBAL STYLE

In her most recent publication, Victoria L. Rovine analyzes African fashion as a manifestation of African artistic expression. Beginning her study with the remark that ‘fashion tells stories’, the scholar follows in the path of an array of other eminent scholars in suggesting that dress is a form of communication (see, for example, Calefato 2004), whose powers of persuasion rely …