The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is a growing resource hub for students, teachers, researchers, designers and anyone with an interest in garments, accessories, textiles or any form of body adornment from Africa and the African Diaspora.


CIAD has been established to advance the study of costume, clothing and textiles from the African Diaspora.We define the African Diaspora as being where African people and people of African heritage reside in significant numbers and have developed cultural practices and customs.