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- Histories of fashion, dress, and the body; laws and politics; museum collections
- IU Bloomington
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Heather Akou is a historian of fashion, dress, and the body. She is the co-founder of the Dress and Body Association (www.dress-body-association.org) and serves on the editorial advisory board for Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Her research interests include African dress and fashion, Islamic fashion, the politics of dress, the embodiment of religion, working-class histories of dress, narratives surrounding dress and the body, and how non-Western and minority dress is represented in museum collections. Her teaching has included textile labs, cultural aspects of dress, autobiographies of dress and the body, fashion history, fashion theory, and aesthetics.
Dr. Akou is an adjunct faculty member in Art History, Anthropology, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and an affiliate of the African Studies Program, Islamic Studies Program, and the Center for Studies of the Middle East.