Sapeurs. Congolese sartorialism.

les Sapeurs…

Retrospective modernism

You have probably heard of them by now but do you know where this sub-culture’s roots come from?SAPEUR-3
This movement occured in the 1970’s in the Congo as a revolt towards the oppresive,strict regime of Mobutu Sese Seko which prescribed traditional clothing as the attire of no-choice.
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There are strict rules of dress for Sapeurs: three colors are the maximum for an outfit and the status of style is increased by accessories, such as cigars, pipes, ties, glasses, and walking sticks.

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SAPE –  The religion of style.

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