Professor Carol Tulloch
Professor Carol Tulloch MA, RCA is Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at University of the Arts London, based at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges.
She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, V&A Research Institute, Victoria and Albert Museum, a trustee of Autograph ABP and on the Academic Panel of the Museum of London.
Her publications include ‘The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora’, ‘Dress and the African Diaspora’ and ‘Black Style’. Her exhibitions include ‘Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism’ and ‘Black British Style’.
Professor Tulloch says that bodies are fundamental to life experiences that in turn reflect everyday life.
As a writer and curator her research primarily focuses on the telling of self through the styled Black body to consider how Black people negotiate their sense of self within cultural and social contexts locally, nationally and internationally, including cross-cultural and transnational relations.
She says that this work shows how style narratives imprint a sense of self on society, culture and history and how women and men of the African diaspora have negotiated their sense of belonging in often contested geographies and times.
To style oneself is agency.