<em>Ewe kente cloth</em> c. 1940–60<br/>
strip-woven cotton  <br/>
Victoria and Albert Museum, London<br/>
Bequeathed by Miss Mary Kirby V&A<br/>
<em>Ewe kente cloth</em> 1940–60 <br/>
strip-woven cotton <br/>
Victoria and Albert Museum, London <br/>
Bequeathed by Miss Mary Kirby V&A<br/>
Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Introduction to Africa Fashion Online

Mon–Fri, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

Discover the richness and diversity of African histories and cultures through the lens of fashion. 

Developed by the Victoria and Albert Museum, Africa Fashion is the largest exhibition of its kind to be displayed in an Australian art institution. 

Introduce students to the ground-breaking designers, collectives and stylists working across Africa today. View and discuss examples of contemporary couture, ready-to-wear and made-to-order clothing that reflects the ingenuity and diversity of the continent’s contemporary fashion industry. Learn about the connections between fashion, activism and identity and discover the way novel approaches and techniques are influenced by traditional crafts. 

This introductory talk, delivered by an NGV Educator, is great preparation for a self-guided onsite visit to Africa Fashion.

Students will:

  • Identify key characteristics of fashion and textile designs created by a range of designers from different African countries, cultures and contexts. 
  • Discuss the historical, cultural, political influences evident in a diverse range of works in the exhibition. 
  • Consider the role of fashion and textile design in defining and cultivating a sense of identity among individuals and broader communities. 

Cost: $45 per connection. A private session can be booked for your school for $150. 
Duration: 45 minutes 

Booking Form

    We require four weeks notice for all bookings.

    Changes to your booking must be made in writing. Changes can be made up to 14 days prior to your visit. Invoices will be sent prior to the visit. Full program fees will be incurred for late cancellations or amendments.

    Please note that this is a booking request only. You will receive a confirmation via email within 5 working days.

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    We do not take tentative bookings. Bookings are considered firm at time of booking. Any amendments, including changes to participant numbers, must be made by email at least 14 days prior to the program. Invoices will be sent prior to the visit. Full program fees will be incurred for late cancellations or amendments. Payment must be paid at least one week prior to the visit.

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    The NGV warmly thanks Krystyna Campbell Pretty AM and family for their support of the NGV School Support Program