FRESH TALK: Accessory to Action—Adorning Wakanda

Join us for a FRESH TALK on the aesthetics of gender equity.

As Marvel Comics’ first licensed jewelry designer, Douriean Fletcher created the power-packed accessories for the blockbuster film Black Panther (2018). The Afro-futurist-inspired design propelled audiences into a world where power and gender roles were based on expertise and ability.

With the jewelry in a starring role, Fletcher created looks that reflected gender equity in Wakandan society. Join us for a conversation that explores how we communicate gender and power through adornment.


  • Douriean Fletcher, artist and jeweler
  • In conversation with: Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and Co-Director of the Estate Little Princess Archaeology Project and Dr. Maia Nuku, the Evelyn A.J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Followed by Catalyst, a cocktail hour with a topic and a twist.


SOLD OUT. Very limited number of standby seats may be available on the day of the program, no guaranteed entry. $25 general; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Catalyst cocktail hour.

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This event will have an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation option. If interested, please email at least two weeks prior to the event.

FRESH TALK is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change public program initiative.

National Museum of Women in the Arts