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.
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!”
The movement embodies manners, elegance and joie de vivre.
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.