The Gentlemen of Bakongo And Their Cult Of Elegance

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Ever heard of a religion of clothing? Well let us introduce you to Le Sap – The society for people of elegance and ambiance in the Congo and the inspiration of Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni’s book: The Gentlemen of Bakongo – The Importance of Being Elegant… The Gentlemen of Bakongo_01 The Gentlemen of Bakongo_02 The Gentlemen of Bakongo_03 The Gentlemen of Bakongo_04

Self-confessed dandies, Le Sapeurs, have taken the genteel art of dressing to its illogical conclusion. This particular group of sapeurs enjoy a style whose roots lie in salons of Paris of the twenties but is accomplished in tones bright enough to make one’s eyes smart. Indeed, the aforementioned, Sapologists, knowingly juxtapose symbols of glut, more in common with a seventies black Chicago pimp, against their impoverished shanty towns with astounding aplomb- spending a lot more money on their clothing than on their homes.

“To go to Paris- the capital of fashion – is historically the dream of a Sapeur,” informs Tamagni. “ This is where they would all like to go one day. Some succeed in obtaining a visa but for others it remains an improbable ideal. Sapeurs all have the same dream: to go to Paris and return to Brazzaville as an aristocrat of ultimate elegance.”

“The white man might have invented clothes,” concludes Brazzaville Congolese musician King Kester Emeneya modestly. “But we have turned it into an art.”

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Gender Clothes

Gender Clothes was accidental byproduct of another project I was working on last summer. I was provoked so much by homophobic reaction to our exhibition concept, that it kept me thinking about it for days  – about gender and sex and their relationship with clothes, in context of the Serbian incapacity to distinguish between the two. So I decided to make a series of photographs of people wearing “gender appropriate” clothes. Nouns in Serbian grammar have three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. So I divided garments into two groups by their nouns’ gender, and my dear friend Jelena Kostic took some photos of Dusan and Emily wearing “appropriate” clothes chosen from these lists.

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       MASCULINE NOUNS          FEMININE NOUNS
  • grudnjak / brushalter – bra
  • halteri – suspenders
  • triko – tricot
  • bikini – bikini
  • kupaći kostim – bathing suit
  • šorts – shorts
  • kombinezon – overalls
  • top – top
  • džemper – sweater
  • blejzer – blazer
  • kimono – kimono
  • prsluk – vest
  • sako – suit jacket
  • mantil – topcoat
  • kaput – coat
  • kačket – cap
  • šal – scarf
  • šešir – hat
  • gaćice – panties
  • bokserice – boxer shorts
  • majica – T-shirt
  • košulja – shirt
  • bluza – blouse
  • tunika – tunic
  • dukserica – sweatshirt
  • trenerka – gym suit
  • jakna – jacket
  • pantalone – pants
  • bermude – bermuda shorts
  • helanke – tights
  • suknja – skirt
  • haljina – dress
  • čarape – stockings
  • cipele – shoes
  • čizme – boots
  • papuče – slippers
  • sandale – sandals
  • marama – kerchief 
  • beretka – beret

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I am happy to invite you to join me in boosting this image/noun list – just take a photo of what you are wearing at the moment, then take another photo or two of your outfit using appropriate list of nouns (if you are a girl use a list of feminine nouns, if you are a boy use a list of masculine nouns) and send it with basic info (name, city, country… whatever you want).
contact: info@floragoticcelli.com

Atheer smart glasses

Atheer smart glasses
A vision of augmented reality and wearable future technology, through the new 3D, gesture-based glasses, launched by tech company Atheer Labs. Weighing only 75grams, the Atheer glasses offer HD display (1024×768) and precise hand interaction.

The Atheer glasses will be available in 2014, preorder Atheer One +  the Atheer Developer Kit -w/pocket-sized computer to power Android apps- at indiegogo

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Read more at cnet

Animal

‘Animal: The Other Side of Evolution’

London based fashion designer Ana Rajcevic has created a series of 8 amazingly striking sculptural pieces that appear as natural extension (or adornments) of the human body, suggesting strength, power and sensuality. Tusk, horn and spine-like pieces come from a unique visual interpretation of animal skeleton structures.  Pieces, that are designed to fit over the face, neck and head are made in complex moulds from fiberglass, resin and silicone.

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Sequin Kay

Use of sequins reaches another level on these meticulously ornate and decorative works. London based artist Sequin Kay draws inspiration from Indian culture and its interpretation of light and spirituality. If you are around London this December go and see Kay’s works in HangUpGallery  where she will be exhibiting with Lauren Baker. Kay also collaborated with Philip Levine on the amazing head piece shown below that was displayed in Old Street underground station in London.

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Junk Bones

JB12JB11 JB10A collection of experimental garments by Grace Kubilius  (Photos by Carrie Anne Kelly)

Junk Bones is an exploration of the garment as an artifact, relic, or ghost. Torn and shredded materials have been woven, braided, and stitched back together. Paint, shellac, plastic, and rust have been used to coat and cover surfaces, transforming soft fiber materials into brittle exteriors, and stiff, rigid structures. When worn, the garments begin to unravel, decay, and crack.

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