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Professor Carol

Job title
Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism
College name
Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
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Professor Carol Tulloch


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.

Research Outputs

  • Letter from the editor - Tulloch, Carol (2010) Letter from the editor. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, 14 (3). pp. 269-272. ISSN 1362704X (
  • International Fashion Showcase - Nigeria, Botswana and Sierra Leone - Tulloch, Carol (2012) International Fashion Showcase - Nigeria, Botswana and Sierra Leone. [Show/Exhibition] (
  • A reflection on the inclusion of black studies in design and art education - Tulloch, Carol (2011) A reflection on the inclusion of black studies in design and art education. In: Black Studies in Art and Design Education: Past Gains, Present Resistance, Future Challenges,, 26-27 March 2011, Parson the New School for Design, New York. (Unpublished) (
  • Rangecroft, Andrea and Tulloch, Carol, Women in Radio: WRG Online Broadcasts (2011) Interview with Carol Tulloch: Handmade Tales Exhibition at the Women's Library. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished) - Brock, Philippa (2012) X-Form. [Art/Design Item] (
  • Buffalo: style with intent - Tulloch, Carol (2011) Buffalo: style with intent. In: Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. ISBN 9781851776597 (
  • Crafting communities - Tulloch, Carol and Hackney, Fiona and Thomas, Nicola and Bunnell, Kate (2011) Crafting communities. In: Connecting Craft and Community, 7th - 8th April 2011, The Women's Library, London. (Unpublished) (
  • When clothes speak: the fabric of our heritage - Tulloch, Carol and Shonibare, Yinka and Robins, Freddie and Faiers, Jonathan, Royal Academy of Arts (2011) When clothes speak: the fabric of our heritage. In: When Clothes Speak: The Fabric of Our Heritage, 19 January 2011, Royal Academy of Arts. (Unpublished) (
  • Handmade tales: women and domestic crafts - Tulloch, Carol (2010) Handmade tales: women and domestic crafts. [Show/Exhibition] (
  • Black style and James Barnor's transatlantic archive - Tulloch, Carol (2010) Black style and James Barnor's transatlantic archive. In: Black Style and James Barnor's Transatlantic Archive, 19 October 2010, Autograph, Rivington Place, London. (Unpublished) (
  • Fashion theory, special issue: dress and the African Diaspora - Tulloch, Carol and Kaiser, Susan B. and Rabine, Leslie and Breward, Christopher and Cheddie, Janice and McCullough, Sarah Rebolloso and Cooper, Carolyn and Rose, Clare (2010) Fashion theory, special issue: dress and the African Diaspora. Berg, Oxford, pp. 267-407. ISBN 9781847886538 (


  • 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.
  • Nicola Stylianou - Producing and Collecting for Empire: African Textiles in the V&A 1852-2000.
  • Kimathi Donkor,</em> - <span><em>Africana Unmasked: Fugitive Signs of Africa in Tate's collection of British Art.</em></span>