Lecture: African-American Dress and the Will to Adorn

Diana Baird N’Diaye, curator and cultural heritage specialist, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Ebony Fashion Fair had a significant impact on African-American communities. For many people, attending the shows became an annual family tradition. Wherever the show traveled, it inspired offshoot neighborhood and church fashion shows and influenced the runway styles of aspiring designers and models around the world. In this presentation, anthropologist and textile artist Diana Baird N’Diaye introduces a spectrum of African-American community style informed by her larger research project, “A Will to Adorn." Join us before the program for refreshments and a chance to see the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.

Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.