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Name: Carol Tulloch

Role: Chelsea College of Art and Design/V&A Fellow in Black British Visual and Material Cultur

Background and Research Interests

I was born in England of Jamaican Parents and originally trained as a fashion and textiles designer. I later gained a Masters degree in the V&A/Royal Collage of Art Programme in the History of Design. These elements of my personal and professional life have shaped my interest to study dress and black identities as dialogues on the ‘self’. As curator of the Archives and Museum of Black Heritage Project (2001-2) I organised a series of exhibitions which placed material culture as the catalyst of enquiry into black British history, cultural heritage and issues of self and place. I originally joined the Research Department in 2003 to co-curate the exhibition Black British Style (2004), which toured England until December 2006. I am currently the TrAIN/V&A Senior Research Fellow in Black Visual Culture and principal investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, Dress and the African Diaspora Network (2006-7), an international endeavour to develop critical thinking on the subject. As part of this I organised the debate ‘Should Art be … Authentic?’ (2006), the international two-day symposium ‘Dress and the African Diaspora: Tensions and Flows’ (2007) and established a reading group on dress and the African diasporas. I am currently working on the forthcoming essay ‘Interconnecting Routes: Networks, Dress and Critical-Creative Narratives’ in ‘Les Histoires Communes’ (2007). As part of this project a website is being produced and a special edition of the journal ‘Fashion Theory’ will include papers presented at the conference. I am a member on the Advisory Panel of the African Diaspora Research Project and co-supervisor of the V&A/Chelsea College of Art and Design AHRC collaborative PhD candidate. I am also a contributor to the forthcoming V&A exhibition on ‘The Supremes’.

Exhibitions and Museum Research

Black Style (Ed.), London: V&A Publications, 2004, to coincide with Black British
Style at the V&A Museum
Tools of the Trade: Memories of Black British Hairdressing, Archives and Museum of Black Heritage Project, 2001
Nails, Weaves and Naturals: Hairstyles and Nail Art of the African Diaspora, A Day of Record, Archives and Museum of Black Heritage Project, 2001
Picture This: Representations of Black People in Product Promotion, Archives and Museum of Black Heritage Project, 2002
Grow Up!: Advice and the Teenage Girl, The Women’s Library, London, 2002-3
The March of the Women: Suffragettes and the State, The National Archives, London, 2003


‘Picture This: The Black Curator’, in: The Politics of Heritage: Legacies of Race’, London; New York : Routledge, 2005
‘James Van Der Zee: Couple in Raccoon Coats,’ in: ‘The Folio Society Book of the 100 Greatest Photographs’, London: The Folio Society, 2006
 ‘There’s No Place Like Home: Home Dressmaking and Creativity in the Jamaican Community in the 1940s to 1960s, in: ‘The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking’, London: Berg, 1999
‘Fashion and Photography’ (Ed.), special edition of Fashion Theory, 2002
Entry on ‘Dress,’ in: ‘The Encyclopaedia of Race and Ethnic Studies’, London; New York: Routledge, 2003
‘Being. Seeing, Telling: Dress, Narrative and the African Diaspora’ (forthcoming)


‘Out of Many, One People?’: The Relativity of Dress, Race and Ethnicity to Jamaica’, 1880-1907, 1998
‘“My Man, Let Me Pull Your Coat to Something: Malcolm X’, 2001
 ‘Strawberries and Cream: Dress, Migration and the Quintessence of Englishness’, 2002
‘Altered States: Susan Stockwell and the Politics of Paper’ in Crafts magazine, 2006)

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