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Professor Carol Tulloch

University of the Arts London
Researcher Research
Carol  Tulloch


Carol Tulloch is a writer, curator and Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the University of the Arts London based in the School of Design at Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon (CCW). She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Trustee of Autograph, and sits on the Paul Mellon Publications Committee, and the Museum of London Academic Board.

Her books include Black Style (V&A, 2004), The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora (Bloomsbury, 2016) and The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu (Routledge, 2018). Carol has contributed to publications, most recently: ‘Style Activism: The Everyday Activist Wardrobe of the Black Panther Party and Rock Against Racism Movement' in Fashion and Politics (Yale, 2019), ‘Long Time Gyal Me Never See You’ in Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test, (Kaleidoscope 38, 2021), ‘Snap!: Photography as a Monument to Anti-Racism in Britain’ in Art & the Public Sphere (Intellect, 2021), ‘Epiphanies of Dress’ in Lubaina Himid (Tate, 2021), ‘T-Shirt Matters’ in Fashion Knowledge: Theories, Methods, Practices and Politics (Intellect, 2022), ‘We haven’t got here just on our own. It’s a conversation: An interview with Carol Tulloch’, in The European Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage, 2022).

Her curated and co-curated exhibitions include Tools of the Trade: Memories of Black British Hairdressing (Black Cultural Archives, 2001), Grow Up! Advice and the Teenage Girl (The Women’s Library, 2002), The March of the Women: Suffragettes and the State (National Archives, 2003), Black British Style (V&A, 2004), A Riot of Our Own (Chelsea Space, 2008), Handmade Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts (The Women’s Library, 2010), Rock Against Racism (Autograph, 2015), Jessica Ogden: Still (Marylebone, 2017).

Carol’s media contributions include: interviewee Art of Now: Race and Fashion, BBC Radio 4 (2019), profile portrait in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s portfolio edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Quarterly Magazine (2019), contributor to Cool: Sunglasses, Style and American Counter Culture, BBC World Service (2018), ‘Dressing well is almost part of the DNA of the black community’,The Observer (2016).