“Get your gele on” presents Nigerian fashion at UNT
What: An exhibition of contemporary Nigerian dress and custom headwraps, known as “gele,” curated by Jessica Strubel, lecturer UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Presented in conjunction with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts and Design and the UNT Art Galleries.
When: Oct.22 (Monday) – Oct. 26 (Friday)
Gallery hours: 12-5 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and 9:30 am-8 pm Wednesday - Friday
Reception: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25 (Thursday)
Where: North Gallery (First Floor) of UNT’s Art Building, located one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets (1201 W. Mulberry)
Contact: Dawn Figueroa, assistant to the Texas Fashion Collection director at Dawn.Figueroa@unt.edu or 940-565-2732
DENTON (UNT), Texas--The University of North Texas will present “Get your gele on: Nigerian Dress, Diasporic Identity, and Translocalism” an exhibition of contemporary Nigerian dress and custom headwraps, known as “gele." Curated by Jessica Strubel, lecturer of merchandising and digital retailing in the UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, the exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts and Design and the UNT Art Galleries.
The exhibition will take place Oct. 22-25 (Monday – Friday) in the North Gallery (first floor) of UNT’s Art building, which is located one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets (1201 W. Mulberry).
The exhibition is free, and a reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 (Thursday).
The exhibition is a visual representation of Texan-Nigerian Americans’ use of ethnic dress as a means to explore cultural identity and search for a broader social identity in the United States. Strubel said the headwraps are intricate, colorful and playful, and reveal a rich and diverse cultural creativity.
“The Nigerian-American dress borrows significantly from the traditional designs of Nigeria, yet is re-envisioned to accommodate the wearer’s particular circumstances. The result is clothing that is unique, and at times risqué, but still conforms to a nostalgic allegiance to the culture of the immigrant generation,” she said
Strubel is a former faculty member at Berkley College in New York City. She and worked as the collection’s manager of the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection at The Ohio State University and as visiting curator at the Columbus College of Art & Design , where she installed her first show, “Bling: Sampling Hip-Hop Fashion and the Urban Aesthetic.” The show consisted of 65 designer outfits and street fashion starting with hip-hop’s visual roots in the 1970s, but also paid homage to the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights period of the 1950s.
Strubel is also the regional chair of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association and the co-editor of “Fashion, Style and Popular Culture”.