The Birth of Cool


The Birth of Cool:

Style Narratives of the African Diaspora

Lecture by Prof. Carol Tulloch, Professor of Dress, Diaspora & Transnationalism, Chelsea School of  Art

Organised by Dr Rebecca Arnold

Venue: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

Monday 20th  June 2016, 12.30-1.30, Open to all, free admission


Carol Tulloch’s practice of research in dress studies has invariably been inspired by an image. This was the case for her recent publication The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora. In this informal illustrated talk Carol will discuss the role images have played in the writing of her book and why certain images had to be included.


Carol Tulloch is Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the University of the Arts London, where she is based at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also the Chelsea College of Arts/V&A Fellow in Black Visual and Material Culture at the V&A Museum. A writer and curator Carol’s recent work includes: the book and exhibitionSyd Shelton: Rock Against Racism (co-editor and co-curator 2015), the articles A Riot of Our OwnA Reflection on Agency (2014), Buffalo: Style with Intent’ (2011), ‘Style-Fashion-Dress: From Black to Post-black’ (2010); and the exhibitions ‘The Flat Cloth Cap’ in Cabinet Stories (2015),  International Fashion Showcase: Botswana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, British Council (2012), Handmade Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts, Women’s Library London (2010-11), Black British Style (co-curator 2004).

This series of lunchtime events brings together a roster of invited speakers to talk about their current research, and encourage discussion about dress history now. Each term academics, curators and dress and fashion industry professionals will share their insight and analysis of an aspect of dress and fashion history to provide a platform for new ideas and approaches to the subject.

Taking place over the lunch hour, these sessions are open to all.

Event – The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora, 20th June 2016, London

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