(Rede) Fine and Dandy is about fashioning the sartorial identity of the twenty first century African Diaspora. Although African women have embraced the western culture that dominates the current global status, they also still maintain a strong affinity to, and pride in, their ethnic heritage. The collection is thus an exploration of this ethno convergence expressed through the fusion of the style of the contemporary black dandy with the attire, adornment and textiles of various sub Saharan ethnicities.
African scarification, tribal body paint, and the textiles of various ethnicities are the inspiration behind the custom designed prints, which overlay silhouettes derived from the black dandy. Leather, poplin and gabardine fabrics are found in muted tones of ochre, cool grey, camel and mist blue in order to preserve the femininity in the bold masculine lines. A variety of pieces are beaded in traditional African methods to enhance the collection’s harmonious intercession between the two contrasting worlds.
Concept conceived by and Clothing designed by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene