Every Color Illuminates
After seven years of research spanning the globe, author and curator Shantrelle P. Lewis is ready to showcase the diversity and colorfulness of black dandyism and style in her latest book “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” (Aperture). The book comes as a response to the oversaturated and fabricated notion of black masculinity, which, according to the author, is propelled by mainstream hip-hop culture or the prison-industrial complex (PIC) phenomenon. All of this has led to a stereotyped image of their style, highlighted by popular trends such as sagging pants. This book challenges that exact notion. By providing a wide range of bona fide style through vibrant patterns, bright and loud colors, this book is a celebration of the vibrancy of black dandyism around the world.
Clockwise from top “Sapeurs” by photographer Daniele Tamagni, Dandy Wellington, “Thierno” by photographer Omar Victor Diop