Fine & Dandy: Congo’s Female Dandies Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are making a statement.

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Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are making a statement. They’re pulling on manly threads to teach guys how to be gentlemen once more.

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This dapper group of women took inspiration from their former colonial rulers and made it their own.

“It is easy to look like a gentlemen. But to act like a gentleman? Today we have to show the men how it is done!”

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The movement embodies manners, elegance and joie de vivre.

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Until recently these female Sapeurs [Sapeuses] were yet to have their own moment in the sun, but now thanks to UK journalist Sally Howard and DRC photographer Junior D Kannah, the women Sapeurs are about to become the focus of an exhibition at the London’s Brunei Gallery from September to October 2017, and the stars of a new coffee table book, which will follow in 2018.

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