Dr Christine Checinska is the V&A’s inaugural Senior Curator of African and Diaspora Textiles and Fashion, and Lead Curator of the Africa Fashion exhibition, July 2022 – April 2023. Prior to joining the V&A, Christine worked as a womenswear designer, academic, artist and curator. Her creative practice explores the relationship between cloth, culture and race. Christine’s recent exhibitions include an intervention for Makers Eye: Stories of Craft, July-October 2021, Crafts Council Gallery, and Folded Life February 2021, Johanne Jacobs Museum, Zurich, Switzerland. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles, Volume 4. Other publications include ‘Spinning a Yarn of One’s Own’ in A Companion to Textile Culture, Jennifer Harris (ed.) 2020, and ‘Re-Fashioning African Diasporic Masculinities’ in Fashion and Postcolonial Critique, Elke Gaugele and Monica Titton (eds.), 2019. In 2016 she delivered the TedxTalk Disobedient Dress: Fashion as Everyday Activism.