Dress of woman’s 2-piece ensemble - 2001.79.25.1_1


Dress of woman’s 2-piece ensemble

Maker: Norma Kamali (American fashion and furniture designer, b. 1945)
Medium:Screen-printed cotton tabby
Geography: Made in New York City, USA; worn in Toronto, Canada
Date: 1980-1984
122 x 180 cm
Object number: 2001.79.25.1
Credit Line: Gift of Karen Mulhallen
Not on view

The dress is made of brown and white cotton and is screenprinted with an African mud cloth pattern. It is a sleeveless dress with a T-shirt back, along with a full bias cut skirt with a handkerchief hem.

From the 1970s, bogolanfini grew enormously popular outside of Mali. In North America, some have adopted it is a symbol of Black Pride while others enjoy its bold design for dress and home furnishing. This matching jacket and dress, made of imitation screenprinted bogolanfini, was designed by Norma Kamali, one of the first designers to introduce the print to street style. In Africa, too, bogolanfini has become an item of high fashion.

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