Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Meet the Black Dandies From Shantrelle P. Lewis’ Book Launch – OkayAfrica DIASPORA—Last week, Shantrelle P. Lewis, the curator and author of the new book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, brought out some of the most dapper men in Brooklyn for her book launch at the Brooklyn Museum. There was a critical discussion about the politics of black dandyism, respectability, representation and more.

A plethora of sharply dressed folks came to represent the movement—exemplifying the spirit of dandy style and marrying eclectic designs from the continent and the diaspora to create their own, one-of-a-kind looks.

With her book, Lewis aims to highlight the multiplicity of the black experience. “Blackness is not monolithic, nor is black masculinity,” she told OkayAfrica in an interview. “There’s a wealth of diversity within blackness, and at the same time, we need to look at black masculinity on the spectrum where it exists.”

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Earl Gibson III/Getty ImagesPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie

Dandyism, Dandies, Shantrelle P. Lewis, African Fashion, OKayAfrica, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | David McDuffie


This highly acclaimed traveling exhibition project features the images of emerging photographers and filmmakers from various regions around the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is young Black men in city-landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Dandy Lion also confronts the myth of the young Black man as “thug” via the juxtaposition of an alternative style of dress. (Website).