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Dandyism, Race and Masculinity Collide at The Photographer’s Gallery



When Guinness launched an advertisement and documentary two years ago featuring Congolese blue-collar workers transforming into a dashing flock of unlikely fashion stars, the world was captivated. The Society of Elegant Persons of the Congo, or ‘Sapeurs’ as they are known, is just one faction of black dandyism, a sartorial subculture with less than savoury origins in slave culture. Black servants in 18th century England were compelled to dress up like their masters for sport. Today, dandyism has become an empowering symbol of race, class, gender and identity within the black community.


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