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The Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion


The Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion is a mixed-media Interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal. A compilation of research across various topics but not limited to Textiles and Fabrics, Culture and Society, Marketing and Branding, Technology and Innovation, Economics and Business Management. The journal is published bi-annually and encourages research from students, academics and industry professionals. 

A strategic collaboration with STADIO School of Fashion




The 5 core aims of the journal are:


  • Decolonise the fashion industry through fashion education, and educate the Global Fashion Industry on past and future developments.

  • Diversify voices, develop new scholars and build new scholarly activity

  • Document information and preserve culture to be used for both academic and industry purposes.

  • Provide strategies and recommendations to support the development of the fashion industry in Africa and the Diaspora

  • Strengthen and promote the African fashion industry.




The Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal that aims to promote the study of African and Diaspora fashion within an interdisciplinary framework. 


The journal features original research articles, review articles, and case studies that cover a wide range of topics related to African and Diaspora fashion, including textile production, fashion design, fashion history, cultural studies, fashion technology and the fashion market. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars, researchers, educators, and industry professionals with expertise in the field of African and Diaspora fashion.


The Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in its publications. However, the journal, its editors, and its publisher do not make any representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of the information contained in the journal. The opinions and views expressed in the journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal or its publisher. The accuracy of the information contained in the journal should be independently verified with primary sources. The journal and its publisher will not be liable for any losses, actions, claims, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses, damages, and other liabilities arising directly or indirectly in connection with, in relation to, or arising out of the use of the information contained in the journal.




The African and Diaspora fashion industry is rich in cultural heritage and history, with a diverse range of traditional and contemporary styles. From West Africa's brightly coloured, patterned fabrics to Kenya's intricate beadwork, the continent's fashion has long been a reflection of its people and their stories.Despite its cultural significance, the African and Diaspora fashion industries are frequently underrepresented and undervalued globally. Many traditional techniques and designs have been passed down through generations but are poorly documented in academic literature. This lack of documentation has resulted in a lack of recognition and appreciation for the distinct contributions of African and diaspora fashion to the global fashion scene.


This issue of the Journal for African and Diaspora Fashion is aimed at exploring and preserving the rich cultural heritage of African and Diaspora fashion. This includes documenting a variety of areas that provide more information on the African and Diasporan fashion culture and practices.  


Our mission as the Journal of African and Diaspora Fashion is to document and promote the African and Diaspora fashion industries' rich cultural heritage and contemporary innovation. Our research and publications aim to raise awareness and appreciation for these industries' unique contributions to the global fashion landscape. 


Theme: Understanding the African and Diaspora Fashion & Apparel Landscape 


  • The topics to be discussed in this special issue include but are not limited the following: 

  • Historical and Cultural Influences of African and Diaspora Fashion

  • Decoding the Significance of Fabrics and Textiles in African and Diaspora Fashion

  • Innovations and Challenges of Sustainable Practices in African and Diaspora Fashion

  • The Landscape of Manufacturing and Production in Africa 

  • Marketing and Communications in African and Diaspora Fashion

  • The Role of Technology in African and Diaspora Fashion: From Design to Distribution

  • Economic Perspectives on African and Diaspora Fashion

  • Navigating the Legal Protection of Fabric and Print Protection in African and Diaspora Fashion: Examining Barriers and Opportunities for Intellectual Property Rights




Submission deadline: April 21st 2023 at 11:59 GMT

Before submitting please ensure that you read the submission guidelines 

All submissions should be sent to and if you have any questions please contact the editorial team via 

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