Westerners discovered African fashion near the end of the last century. Many European and American artists have emulated African fashion for its refreshing and simplified forms, yet have failed to realize that the works were produced to conform to specific aesthetic statements.
One can appreciate African fashion most by regarding it as generally intuitive and symbolic. People created these works to secure a relationship between themselves and unknown forces. African fashion springs from a thought process unfamiliar to the Western world.
But, when a Nigerian stylist, photographer and designer come together to break such barriers, one can expect fashion gold! In something born out of sheer curiosity, Kayito Nwokedi, Ibukun Williams and Nigerian fashion label Larrie O merged to create the stunning lookbook ‘Afro-Westernism. Speaking about what prompted the shoot, Nigerian stylist, Kayito stated:
“Let me be honest, this shoot happened quite spontaneously. I walked into the designer’s atelier and saw these 3 dresses. What came to mind immediately was to merge African and western aesthetics together.
The dresses, made from Ankara, had our flamboyant DNA. I just thought to infuse a bit of the west, by using some of their go-to’s: a knit turtleneck top, a jacket, a button-down shirt, and a T-shirt, hence the tag “Afro-westernism”.”
Click on the gallery for the stunning lookbook.
Photographer: Ibukun Williams|Styling: Kayito Nwokedi|Ankara dresses from: Larrie O| Model: Ebube of Beth Models