When we are clothed in a certain way, we have high expectations. That is to be accepted or treated in a manner that we desire and our clothing has the power to achieve that before we speak.
The author wrote about her fascination with Africa during her first visit to Southern Africa in the early '70s. Of course, she did not stop there but traveled to my country Tanzania- in East Africa- where she encountered the famous African tribe- the Maasai warriors.
Her curiosity made her travel deeper into the heart of Africa all the way to up North; she claimed it was like stepping into a completely different planet. Mhh! She encountered more diverse tribes, lifestyles, and cultures with distinguished and striking customs (in terms of) outstanding tribal costumes, remarkable hair forms, body paintings, and all sorts of decorations that she had never seen before.
"I began to discover that all these exotic fashion - in jewelry, body art, even clothing - were not merely adopted for beauty. Each Item was of individual significance and proffered a wealth of information about the wear"
We often identify or send messages by what and how we wear; this is exactly what Angela Fisher encountered so evidently and powerfully may I say, in Africa.
The language of dress is an automatic one since the history of mankind. Before the so called 'Fashion' or civilisations, people were geographically identified through the communication of their traditional costumes, hairstyles, body adornment, and body painting.
Love, Security & Family
Sheer Elegance, Style & Pride
Youth, Beauty,& Pride
oozing with style & poise
Innocence & Purity
Pride & Identity
.........and then there is of course what we call the 'High End Fashion Adorned'!
Christian Dior, Fall 1999, photos by Annie Leibovitz
Fashion throughout the decades has demonstrated to be an influential force in the establishment and expression of both cultural and personal identity.
Africa Adorned: Angela Fisher
Photos courtesy of : Ken Hanmann