Framing Fashion

The Framing Fashion display showcased 38 photographic works acquired for the Fashioning Africa collection. These photographic prints explore changes in African and African diaspora fashion and style over the last 65 years through the work of photographers based in Africa and Europe. The new collection offers multiple visual narratives which reflect the diversity of fashion identities in and beyond the African continent.

a museum gallery with photographs on display

The photographs reveal how migration and cultural exchange have influenced and transformed fashion. They demonstrate how self-styling can offer resistance to political oppression, renew a sense of cultural belonging and celebrate cultural diversity.

These photographic images were purchased by Royal Pavilion & Museums as part of its Fashioning Africa initiative with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and local partners and stakeholders.