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... Africa began to decline (Stylianou 2012a:66; 2012b:264–266). The majority of these textiles were acquired by the Circulation Department as examples of contemporary British design and manufacture to be used for educational displays...

The Empress’s Old Clothes: Biographies of African Dress at the Victoria And Albert Museum

Dress History : New Directions in Theory and Practice

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter


... seventy-one textiles from sub-Saharan Africa so these removed objects account for more than half of the collection at that time (Stylianou 2013). The de-accessioning of items from the V&A was not a process that was undertaken lightly....