The Black Panther Party (BPP) was not only an essential part of the movement that advocated for African Americans on social and political issues. It was also an influential movement in terms of dress code. According to Black Power in American memory, “One of the first things you would notice about members of the BPP was their standard uniform: a black leather jacket, black pants, powder blue shirts, black beret, an afro, dark sunglasses, a fist in the air and a militant-like feel.”
(Image Source: Black Power In American memory – http://blackpower.web.unc.edu/2017/04/the-uniform-of-the-black-panther-party/)
The leather jacket was one of the most crucial piece of the uniform. It was an adorned symbol of power the panther has. The beret was also an important part of the attire. Black Power also mentions that when a BPP member was asked what the beret meant they said “Because they were used by just about every struggler in the third world. They’re sort of an international hat for the revolutionary.”
One thing is certain, the Black Panther Party uniform is not only a look that made the party noticeable back then. It is still an iconic look that still resonates in some black people today
The black leather jacket has been a timeless fashion piece. When coupled with the beret, it oozes the same energy the Black Panther Party had back in the day. During the release of the most anticipated film, Black Panther, some local celebrities were dressed in this regalia.
(Image Source: Fela Gucci -https://www.instagram.com/p/BGr2w1aI4G9/?hl=en&taken-by=felagucci)
The look is not restricted to the standard black color. We have seen some colorful variations with the idea still being the same and we are here for that.
(Image Source: Yoliswa Mqoco – https://www.instagram.com/p/BcEgIl9lGYH/?hl=en&taken-by=yoliswa_xo)
(Image Source: Yoliswa Mqoco – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf_NfPRFge0/?hl=en&taken-by=yoliswa_xo)
(Image Source: Desire Marea – https://www.instagram.com/p/BNLuDrSDe-S/?hl=en&taken-by=desiremarea)
Nigerian Designer Deola Sagoe Heads To Mzansi
What a better way to shape the course of a modern woman?
Deola Sagoe will be showcasing her designs at the African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week in October.
Signalling the start of a new fashion calendar, the unequivocal Joburg Fashion Week 2018, pioneering in luxury African fashion, is set to take place from 04-07 October. The Nigerian born designer who is known as a visionary with a unique approach to her craft will lead a showcase on 05 October, following her creative evolution in the fashion industry over the years.
Deola is an entrepreneurial success story of note, putting the Nigerian fashion scene well and truly on the global map. With humble beginnings, She has left a global footprint across the various continents. Deola has since won the MNET Anglo Gold African Design Award, she has also been nominated by the legendary US Vogue Editor, Andre Leon Tally, as one of four designers from Africa to show their work at New York Fashion Week.
“I often fuse African cultural style with a modern approach to design. I love the dynamism of creating modernity out of something that is steeped in history. I think it’s what gives my collection such a cultural mix.”
Her collection unveils the delicately molded, full flavoured persona behind modern women. It is imbued with power shoulders and super structured silhouettes which portray the solidly built and essentially rugged side of her persona, and with pretty lace infusions which give her the comfort to embrace her softer and more alluring side.
Be on the lookout for an exclusive interview with Deola Sagoe which will drop soon on zkhiphani.