Sapeurs. Congolese sartorialism.

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.

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.


SAPE –  The religion of style.

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  1. Pingback: 貧しくてもオシャレ。コンゴ人のファッション意識が高すぎる | ファッションまとめ!

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