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Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance


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A celebration of style and cool, the original African Dandies represented empowerment and post-colonial freedom.  They appropriated the flamboyance of the 18th Century English and French plantation owners as a defiance against slavery – a resistance movement.

By the 1960s Dandyism had become a phenomenon, a political statement and a way to preserve the legacy of African culture.

In the 21st Century, Dandyism is for everyone.  Dress sharp.  Present your best self.