1980’s Inspired Fashion Today: Andre 3000

When you think of silk handkerchiefs, corduroys, tweed and double-breasted tailoring, would you associate such a style of dress with some of the poorest slums of Africa? Here we see Musician Andre 3000 dressed inspired by the 1980’s style Dandyism which is associated with Africanism. Sapeurs, is a subculture of extraordinarily dressed dandies from the Congo. In the midst of their war-torn slums, these men dress in tailored suits, elegantly smoke on their pipes and stroll the impoverished streets in immaculate footwear. Dandyism or sapologie in this case, is not a fashion trend. In some of the farthest corners of the earth where true dandyism exists, it serves as something closer to a religion; a code of living.

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