IAMISIGO’s AW20 Collection, “Chasing Evil” Explores The Exploitation Of Congo And Africa

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Nigerian fashion label, IAMISIGO has just released the lookbook to its Autumn/Winter 2020 collection and every look is incredible.

Tagged “Chasing Evil”, the collection explores the exploitation of Congo and Africa as a whole through research in Bukavu and DRC’s capital Kinshasa.

According to the press release, inspiration is derived “by working closely with war victims and understanding how a country so strong and rich (3 times the size of Nigeria and 3 times richer in natural resources),seeks to overcome issues of post war trauma, post colonial exploitation as well as neo-colonism through fashion in particular.
Colours and forms highlight the popular Congolese Sapeur sub-culture, sape gotten from french slang “to dress up” alternatively meaning Society of Ambiance and Elegant people, beginning at the start of slave trade, where colonisers would pay slaves with clothes as opposed to money. a society dominated by men.”

Through indigenous spirituality, we discover a connecting link with the Congolese mystical idol Nkisi Nkondi, an aggressive fetish figurine commonly used to affirm oaths and to protect communities from evildoers and enemies. We find the only way to “chasing evil” is through unity across borders and in the works of our hands. Thereby examining, the act of placing particular importance in physical appearance or dressing up as an act or form of protection and in essence a fetish.

Demonstrated by creating textured surfaces referencing Congolese raffia clothes in interrupting expected lines, by weaving dried Palm leaf raffia from Congo and Nigeria and unbleached cotton from Uganda, as well as weaving acrylic dyed yarn and unbleached cotton, all handwoven in Kenya, establishing juxtapositions of sharply differing units and abrupt shifts of forms, with dyed recycled cotton and deconstructed recycled garments. Accessories were made from Banana raffia from Madagascar and shoes from dyed vegan leopard skin made in Nigeria. We collaborated with Kenyan jewelry designer, Brian Kivuti, using camel bone and recycled silver, creating a range of dual functional rings earrings and broches.”

See the full lookbook below.

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Credits

Model: @_g.a.bb.i.e_

Styling: @sunnydolat

Makeup: @jamiekimani

Photography: @themaganga

Jewelry in collaboration with @brian.kivuti

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