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The Glory of Crowns: Head Adornment in the African Diaspora

November 3, 2023 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM

IN PERSON; GALLERIES AND COURTYARD

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Join us for a conversation and workshop with Nyambo Anuluoha, designer and owner of the oldest African-print clothing store in Los Angeles: KUTULA by Africana (formerly Africana Imports). KUTULA created the crowns and headpieces for artist and abolitionist Patrisse Cullors’ costume in her installation Free Us, part of the exhibition The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond. Anuluoha will discuss her creative process for the headpieces on view, and the historical and cultural significance of crowns and head wraps, highlighting the opulence and beauty of different styles from across the Continent and the diaspora. Attendees are welcome to bring a wrap or cloth for the head-wrapping workshop in the second half of the program!

About the Designer

KUTULA BY Africana is a premiere retailer for African-inspired fashions, designing and producing contemporary fashions since 1971.  Their flagship store in LA’s View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood is a cultural destination for fashion and also serves as a design showroom for African-inspired fashions serving the community, costume and set designers, stylists, celebrities, dignitaries and leaders across various sectors. Co-owners and sisters Bo and Kay Anuluoha were born and raised in LA with parental roots in Nigeria and Zambia. 

KUTULA’s legacy includes costumes for Marvel’s Black Panther films and Kendrick Lamar’s All the Stars music video. KUTULA recently worked alongside Beyoncé Knowles-Carter on the Emmy-winning costume team for her 2020 musical film, Black Is King

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd; $3/hr or max $15/day. Rideshare drop-off at 305 Royce Dr.

Image credit: Patrisse Cullors, still image from They Are With Us: Oya in the Grove, 2023; video directed by Maxwell Addae; cinematography by Samudranil Chatterjee 

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