<div class="ExternalClassE8ECE6A98B614FA1AF0DA8896E7184CA"><p>​Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has announced the establishment of the Zeitz MOCAA Costume Institute, which will officially be unveiled at its inaugural Gala on Saturday, 28 February 2015.</p><div> </div><div>The Zeitz MOCAA Gala will also serve as the platform to present the first designers to be honoured by the Costume Institute in its annual fashion exhibitions. Said Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA, “These are major retrospective exhibitions, researched by capable curators, which will honour a designer whose work has contributed to a critical engagement with the costume arts in South Africa.”</div><div><br></div><div>Coetzee added, “All costume designers from Africa and its Diaspora will be celebrated and exhibited. This institution has a mission to represent the diversity of creativity in Africa and its influence beyond our shores.” </div><div><br></div><div>On the establishment of the Zeitz MOCAA Costume Institute, Coetzee said, “As the first major costume institute in Africa, this project will bring attention to the huge contributions that fashion designers, fabric production, jewellery design and the like from Africa and its Diaspora have made to culture both on this continent and globally.”</div><div><br></div><div>He said, “Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have been exhibiting clothing/costume/fashion for over a half a century. These exhibitions are hugely supported by millions of visitors each year and have captured the imagination and aspirations of many generations.”</div><div><br></div><div>With increasing attention being focused on the creative industries in Africa, the Costume Institute will position costume designers in Africa along with their peers internationally and guarantee their contribution is not only acknowledged but also celebrated.</div><div><br></div><div>A portion of the funds raised at the annual Gala events will be used towards purchasing, collecting and preserving for future generations “the extraordinary contemporary fashion arts to be found on the continent”. </div><div><br></div><div>The theme of the annual Gala events will be dictated by the Costume Institute exhibition of that year. Said Coetzee, “In recognition of being a project dedicated to the whole of Africa and its Diaspora, the theme for 2015 is: Contemporary Africa, Future Africa.” </div><div><br></div></div>2015-02-27T22:00:00Z



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