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Edited by Suzanne Gott, Kristyne S. Loughran, Betsy D. Quick, and Leslie W. Rabine

Initially developed by European manufacturers for the West and Central African textile trade in the late nineteenth century, African prints became a vital part of many local “popular” fashion systems over the course of the twentieth century. While distinct styles developed, so did shared regional preferences, resulting in African-print fashions that are diverse yet often interconnected. Print fashion has over time come to present distinctive visual codes that carry a sense of African identity and cultural heritage, and because of this, it is pervasive and prominent in twenty-first-century African and diasporic visual cultures. Today, the expanding virtual presence of African-print fashion on the Internet and social media attests to its immense popularity, as well as to its capacity to generate global interest and appeal.

Featuring an abundance of colorful, boldly patterned African-print cloth and garments, vintage photographs, and contemporary works of art, African-Print Fashion Now! is the first major volume to delve into the history, significance, and multifaceted meanings of this dynamic fashion mode. The book foregrounds the stylishness and cosmopolitanism that have long flourished on the continent, while highlighting the expansiveness and innovation of twenty-first-century print fashion.


With essays and contributions by:

Kathleen Bickford Berzock

Boatema Boateng

M. Amah Edoh

Helen Elands

Suzanne Gott

Anne Grosfilley

Karen Tranberg Hansen

Helen Jennings

Sandra Klopper

Kristyne S. Loughran

Stephan F. Miescher

Hansi Momodu-Gordon

John Picton

Betsy D. Quick

Leslie W. Rabine

Elisha P. Renne

Victoria L. Rovine

Ken Aïcha Sy

Nina Sylvanus



296 pages

288 images


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