A Los Angeles Fashion Photographer discovers a subculture of non-violence and couture fashion artists among the ruins of the war torn Congo.
The Republic of Congo counts itself among the poorest of the African countries. Multiple civil wars have ravaged the country and its citizens.
Reborn from the ashes of a war torn country is an unexpected subculture thriving in the neighborhoods of Brazzaville known as the Sape and its followers the Sapeurs. Living in the poverty common to the African continent, this subculture emphasizes dress with great elegance along with fine manners, exquisite morality, and a belief in non-violence that’s embedded within their code of norms.
Matthew Jordan Smith, a celebrity fashion photographer travels to the Congo to discover and photograph the Sapeur subculture.
Photos by Héctor Mediavilla