Rethinking South African Museum Collections of Dress & Fashion

2 pairs of identical shorts

04 Jun 2018

9.15am to 10.15am

Please join us for a talk by Erica de Greef: Rethinking South African Museum Collections of Dress & Fashion

Erica de Greef, newly appointed Senior Curator at the Zeitz MOCAA Costume Institute in Cape Town, is a fashion curator and theorist. She has contributed to the development of fashion thinking in South Africa, predominantly in the context of fashion education, promoting research in local fashion histories and practices. Erica’s talk will be framed by her PhD thesis which investigates the conditions, politics and ideologies that informed (and continue to mark) the dress/fashion collections and exhibitions of South African public museums, with a focus on the recently merged Iziko Museums. Her talk will focus on two pairs of similar looking beaded trousers which were accessioned into two different clothing collections, and how this affected their biographies and museal lives, but also how these objects trouble the ethnographic framing of tradition and modernity, history and culture. Erica shares with us some of her alternative, imaginative and accessible approaches to the re-thinking of these sartorial objects and the structures that hold them.

The talk is free but booking is essential through this Eventbrite link.