The Style Movement That’s Made Looking Sharp a Subversive Sign of Power

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Sapeurs de Bacongo in Brazzaville, Congo, in 2008. Photo: Baudouin Mouanda/Marie Finaz Gallery

In her new book Dandy Lion (Aperture), curator Shantrelle P. Lewis collects images from around the world celebrating the “well-dressed trickster-rebels” of what she calls a global street-style movement. Dandyism, she writes, is more than dressing up: “A Black dandy is deliberate about letting you know exactly who he is, rather than who you want him to be.”

Photographs from Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, by Shantrelle P. Lewis (Aperture), to be released in June 2017.

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*This article appears in the March 6, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

When Looking Sharp Is a Subversive Sign of Power