Dr Victoria Rovine, Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: “Africa, Fashion Design and Colonial History: The Surprising Power of Clothing”
An Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Dr Victoria Rovine made this presentation at the West African Research Center on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 3pm to 4:30pm. The session was moderated by a young Senegalese woman filmmaker and design specialist, Mrs Fatou Kande Senghor.
The ironic but extremely inspiring high watermark of the event was that Fatou Kande has been working on style and design and integrating various components in her films and also her teachings based on the many articles and the books written by Professor Rovine she has been reading over all these years and the two of them discovered the hidden and unknown connection while sitting and exchanging during and after the presentation.
Dr Rovine’s presentation and research publications generated a high level of interest among attendees because of the importance of dress, dressing and clothes in West Africa in general, and in Senegal in particular but also because of the colonial origins of a number of materials (wax, fancy) regularly used by Senegalese and other west african women and so expertly acclimatized here to the point of passing as local production.
The presentation was followed by lively and insightful exchanges between the UNC Chapel Hill faculty member and the audience.