Fashioning Global Africa: 1900-Now

Online course

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From Virgil Abloh to Ib Kamara and Sindiso Khumalo, Global Africa’s fashion creatives are shifting the landscape of fashion. Inspired by the V&A exhibition 'Africa Fashion', this course will explore the fashioning of Global Africa from 1900 to the present day…


  • Learn from our world-class experts wherever, whenever: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time.

  • Time to explore: 12 hours of lectures over six weeks.

  • Consolidate your learning: download lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials from our secure Microsoft Teams learning environment.

  • Join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

  • Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials are available for six weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a minute.

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Portrait of Course Leaders Dr Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray

Course Leaders
Dr Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray

Dr Christine Checinska is the V&A’s inaugural Senior Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion and Lead Curator of the Africa Fashion exhibition. Elisabeth Murray is the Project Curator of the Africa Fashion exhibition and a contributor to the accompanying publication.

I cannot praise the whole V&A set-up highly enough. I have learnt so much and have enjoyed every minute. Previous online course attendee

Course overview

From Virgil Abloh to Ib Kamara and Sindiso Khumalo, Global Africa’s fashion creatives are shifting the landscape of fashion. Inspired by Africa Fashion, this course will explore the fashioning of Global Africa 1900-now. Each week historians, cultural critics and practitioners will bring to life the creativity and impact of African fashions and textiles, taking a deep dive into the V&A collection and the world of key Global Africa fashion creatives.

Stories from objects and thematic lectures will delve into independence fashions, gender, and representation, setting African fashions into the context of the global fashion scene.

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Online course: Fashioning Global Africa: 1900-Now

22 February 2023 - 29 March 2023

£120.00

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