Nigeria/Ghana-based label IAMISIGO's Spring/Summer 2015 collection, 'Taboo,' is inspired by the Wodaabe, a Fulani ethnic group in the Sahel.
IAMISIGO is the Nigeria/Ghana-based womenswear brand started in 2009 by Nigerian designer/stylist Bubu Ogisiwith the intent of fusing African culture with audacious yet minimal designs. After unveiling their chic White Noise resort collection in August, the label has now launched a gorgeous Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired by the Wodaabe (also known as "People of the Taboo), a nomadic Fulani ethnic group in the Sahel known for their elaborate ceremonies and traditional attire. On the inspiration behind Taboo, a description on IAMISIGO's website explains:
"IAMISIGO respectfully pays homage to aspects of the Wodaabe culture deemed ‘TABOO’; from the years of silence taken by married couples after the birth of their first child, to the ‘yaakye’ festival where the men’s songs and dances for the women are rewarded with a show a sexual prowess. ‘TABOO’pulls not only from the Wodaabe culture, but also from the contrast it provides to other cultures and what they deem as ‘TABOO’; the taking of new sexual partners, the years of silence between couples, the feminine display from the men, all pull together the collection."
The collection contains bold yet elegant statement pieces in block colors, with materials ranging from crinkled taffeta with elastane, knitted metallic fibres, tape lace, needle lace and Gabardine, to create a series of ponchos, skousers, skorts, bomber jackets and strapless pieces. See images from IAMISIGO'S Taboo Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook, shot by Nigerian fashion photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo, in the gallery above.