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by Tariq Zaidi
British photographer Tariq Zaidi documents a fashion subculture of Kinshasa & Brazzaville known as La Sape, Socíet́e des Ambianceurs et des Personnes ́Eĺegantes (or Society of Ambiance-Makers & Elegant People).Its followers are known as “Sapeurs” (“Sapeuses” for women). Most have ordinary day jobs as taxi-drivers, tailors and gardeners, but as soon as they clock out they transform themselves into debonair dandies. Sashaying through the streets they are treated like rock stars – turning heads, bringing ‘joie de vivre’ to their communities and defying their circumstances.