Power Dressing : Men's Fashion and Prestige in Africa
at the Newark Museum
Oct. 19, 2005 - Jan. 22, 2005
via the Newark Museum website:
Power Dressing: Men’s Fashion and Prestige in Africa brings together fifty spectacular examples of male attire from across the continent, from Morocco to South Africa, representing over a century of fashion. Drawn from the Museum’s own important collection, as well as from private and public lenders, the works on view reveal how a man’s clothing can define, sustain and reinforce ideas about power and status. The exhibition is organized into four broad and intersecting themes-Style and Status, Fit for a King, Divine Dress, and Identity and Innovation -- that offer rich insights into the meanings of men's fashions within Africa's diverse and ever-changing cultural and political landscape.
The museum will also be hosting several events in conjunction with the exhibition:
Thursday, October 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Lure of Africa: From Saint Laurent to Gaultier
Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, November 4, 7:00-11:00 p.m
Afro-pop dance party: Dress To Impress
Sunday, November 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m
Symposium: Perspectives on African Dress
Join Christa Clarke, Curator of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, along with a panel of distinguished scholars for a discussion of the dynamics of African dress.
Saturday, November 12, 2-3:00 p.m.
Dance performance: Kulu Mele
Sunday, November 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Artist demonstration: Hands of the Master
Thursday, December 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lecture: My Odyssey: Ancient African Civilizations
Mary McFadden, Fashion Designer
Friday, January 20, 7:00-11:00 p.m.