By London College of Fashion, University of Arts London
Historically, black men of African descent have resisted stereotypes and tropes through their dressed appearance. Adopting, adapting and appropriating styles from the cultures surrounding them, this group have exerted an undeniable influence on both subcultural style and mainsteam fashion - although this contribution is often overlooked in traditional accounts of mens’ history.
In the 20th and 21st centuries black men have articulated their sartorial masculinities in myriad ways; sometimes blending in, sometimes standing out but always expressing multiple identities to reflect issues of culture, diaspora, fashion and appearance. Our three notable speakers will draw on and explore contemporary and historic aspects from their own research and experience.