Elegance Road: Vibrant Photos Of Congolese Dandies Belgian freelance photographer Alexandre Van Enst won a 2013 POYi Award of Excellence for his vivid photos of Kinshasa's fops.

Elegance Road: Vibrant Photos Of Congolese Dandies

Published on Wed, Jun 19 2013 by Web Master
Belgian freelance photographer Alexandre Van Enst won a 2013 POYi Award of Excellence for Elegance Road, a collection of photos showcasing Kinshasa's stylish African Society of Elegant People.
 
The African Society of Elegant People, the SAPE was born in the years after the independences of Congo-Brazzaville and Zaire. Today there are two major schools of SAPE, respectively inspired by the French and Japanese aristocracy. They clash with high fashion brands, millimetered steps and gestures, from Paris to Kinshasa, during parades in honor of their founding masters, or simply at the Mass of Sunday. Codified art of sham, glamour and "hast thou seen" for some, for others the SAPE is a metaphysic, a special relation with the question of being and appearance. Sassy, narcissistic and rebellious, the "sapeur" is a romantic. "Elegance Road" showcases these heroes of modern times. In the decadent sceneries of the city of Kinshasa, from Lemba to Bandal through Ndjili, Matete and Limete, the “sapeurs” of the "War of hundred years" defy the power in place: the Leopards. Led by the great masters such as Tshikose, Sesele and Kadhitoza, the Congolese dandies constantly reinvent themselves to shine. (via POYi)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos via Stylelikeu
 
 

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