Talk Friday, 15 July 2022

Onsite Talk: Fashioning African Literatures

Join the authors shortlisted for the prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African Writing at the V&A as they explore the intersection of fashion and literature within their works.

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  • Friday, 15 July 2022

  • The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A South Kensington

  • Tickets cost £12.00 - £15.00

    Includes wine reception.

Onsite Talk: Fashioning African Literatures photo

Fashion and literature both have the power to shape stories: the silhouettes of form they create and the lasting impressions they leave. The African continent has long formed her own expressions of art and fashion to reflect and reconstruct the connections between geography, interpretation, and cultures of adornment. They reveal polyformic expressions of artistry and the distinctive timbre, cut, and pattern of a continent on the move.
Join creative strategist Naana Orléans-Amissah with the AKO Caine Prize shortlisted writers as they explore the parallels, departures and variety in story-shaping that come from this expansive continent. The discussions will set their stories against the specific lens of African fashion over the last 70 years, to challenge and celebrate the multiplicity in craft and vision of Africa and her many creatives.
For more on the prize and shortlisted authors see
Priority booking is currently open for Members; general booking will open Friday 24 June.