In recent months we’ve noted two bodies of work that shine a light on the worldwide rise of “black dandyism.” First there was Ariel Wizman and Laurent Lunetta‘s 55-minute Black Dandy documentary, which aired on France’s Canal+ in March. Next there came news of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago’s Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity. The series, which is on view through July, touts itself as the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind through its spotlight on young men across the Diaspora who are defying stereotypical and monolithic notions of “Black masculinity” with the way they dress.
Recently, a new editorial from French magazine Blackattitude turn its lens towards a trio of female dandies. Shot by Prisca M. Monnier as a collaboration with Nadeem Mateky, Dandy Queens sees its sartorial-clad models (Aurélie Lamalle, Marama Lee, Khady Diallo) take on the roles of Jo March (the lead character from Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women, American abolitionist Dr. Mary Walker Chirurgienne (Mary Edwards Walker), and the frontierswoman Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane). Head to Blackattitude for the full editorial. For more, follow the magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
H/T Dynamic Africa