Sapeurs Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo By Tariq Zaidi

British photographer Tariq Zaidi presents the fashion subculture of Kinshasa & Brazzaville: La Sape, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes.

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 off 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.

Kehrer, 2020
h280 x w200 mm
144 pages
124 colour photographs


Tariq Zaidi Sapeurs Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo Kehrer, 2020

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