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Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT

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November 2021

Exhibition: Mandela: The Inspirational Style of a Revolutionary Statesman and World Leader — Closes

November 7
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

October 13–November 7 Fashion and Textile History Gallery Nelson Mandela’s “Madiba” shirts were dramatically different from the conventional western suits worn by most politicians in South Africa and around the world. They were also the opposite of the hateful, drab prison garb that he was forced to wear for almost three decades. Made of brightly-patterned silk, Mandela’s Madiba shirts became emblematic of post-apartheid freedom, and were particularly meaningful to the Black majority of South Africans. Several of these shirts and…

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