Professor Carol Tulloch

Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism

Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon


Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She is a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) and is the TrAIN/V&A Fellow in the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Tulloch was the Principal Investigator of the Dress and the African Diaspora Network, an international endeavour to develop critical thinking on this subject. Tulloch’s knowledge of this area of study has led to appearances on television and radio in programmes such as Tales from the Front Room, BBC4 (2007) and Good Golly, Bad Golly, BBC Radio 4 (2010).

Research interests

Dress and textiles associated with the African diaspora, material and visual culture, writing and curating.

Research statement

My current research focus is on the telling of self through the styled black body. This includes cross-cultural and transnational relations, cultural heritage, auto/biography, personal archives and what I call style narratives. I combine these approaches to consider how black people negotiate their sense of self within various cultural and social contexts locally, nationally and internationally.

Understandably, my work includes other social and cultural groups to compare experiences, and/or cultural collaborations with people of the African diaspora that enables me to develop a dialogue in the telling and place of individuals and groups. Additionally, the experiences of lives in different situations, the home, and making things have also informed the expansion of my research.


Current students & thesis titles

Jessica Carden, Contemporary Visual Representations of the Non-White Body in Arctic Space: British Colonial Constructions of the 'Heart of Whiteness' and the Black-White Binary as Fetish.

Maria Smith, 'Scheherazade Emerging (2000-2012); Reconstructing the Oriental Female Other in Contemporary Western Visual Culture.'

Premila van Ommen, Kpop, Kathmandu and Camden: Transnational Trends and Fashion Creativity Amongst Young Nepalis in Britain.

Completed students & thesis titles

Nicola Stylianou, Producing and Collecting for Empire: African Textiles in the V&A 1852-2000.

Kimathi Donkor,Africana Unmasked: Fugitive Signs of Africa in Tate's collection of British Art.

Selected research outputs