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Living CargoHow Black Britain Performs Its Past$
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Steven Blevins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697144

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697144.001.0001

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Bespoke History

Bespoke History

Redressing the Past, Tailoring the Present, Fashioning the Future

(p.197) Chapter 5 Bespoke History
Living Cargo

Steven Blevins

University of Minnesota Press

The fifth chapter begins with a consideration of bespoke tailor, menswear designer, and global fashion icon Ozwald Boateng in order to simultaneously think about the historicity of fashion and the commodified “branding” of the past. The chapter contrasts Boateng’s carefully cultivated public persona with another fashionable icon, Yinka Shonibare MBE, an artist best known for refashioning aristocratic dress of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century in African batik.

Keywords:   black Britain, Colonial archive, Fashion, Ozwald Boateng, Yinka Shonibare

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