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Editorial

Bobby Kolade does not like clichés; although he has African heritage and undoubtedly feels its influence, he also tries to put a personal stamp on his collections. So it made sense for him to start from the work of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, a Benin artist, who in a series of photographs interpreted the Egungun ritual masks used in some tribes, in order to build an interpretation on the theme of identity. Kolade’s show had women veiled in transparent chiffon with fringes applied here and there, as if to say ‘do clothes reveal or conceal?’ The West African traditional tunic, the boubou was reworked with sporty details such as mesh insets, which were also found on shirts and crop tops along with asymmetry, overlapping and fringing.