Githan Coopoo

Costume Institute AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Costume

Githan Coopoo was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, Coopoo is the AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Costume at the Costume Institute at Zeitz MOCAA (Cape Town, South Africa). Coopoo is completing the Curatorial Training Programme at the Centre for Curatorial Excellence at Zeitz MOCAA.

Coopoo is currently researching and developing Zeitz MOCAA’s permanent costume collection which has hundreds of pieces from African and Diasporic designers, ahead of the launch of the Costume Institute in early 2018. He is travelling around the country visiting designers who have donated archives to protect the heritage future of African fashion. Coopoo is completing the Curatorial Training Programme at the Centre for Curatorial Excellence at Zeitz MOCAA with a scholarship from the AKO Foundation.

Coopoo obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Cape Town, majoring in English and Art History, in 2016 (Cape Town, South Africa). During his studies, Coopoo also worked under Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen of AKJP Collective, from 2013 to 2016 (Cape Town, South Africa).

In early 2017, Coopoo produced a line of jewellery and accessories that saw him collaborate with various major fashion brands in South Africa, and showcased his work at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 (Cape Town, South Africa), as well as South African Menswear Week 2017 and 2016 (Cape Town, South Africa). His pieces have been featured in various publications, both locally and internationally. In the same year, Coopoo took up a position at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, tutoring Art History to first-year students.