Diptych Part III | Masquerade Pantomimicry

Masquerade Pantomimicry‘, inspired by West African masqueraders.   A collaboration project with K.L.V.

On view, the ingenuity of African masqueraders, gleaning mother nature’s closet to create visually arresting disguises.  Juxtaposed with contemporary art and fashion images, the pairings highlight the qualities that connect, complement and contrast, but ultimately celebrate creative ingenuity.





(L) Yaie Masquerade, Burkina Faso. Photographer unknown. Source | artismyhustle

(R) Guido Palau, ‘Mohawk V2’ for the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition. Photographs by Graeme Montgomery. Courtesy of the New York Times, T Magazine.




(L)  Phyllis Galembo, Minor Ekpe Masquerade with Mango Leaves, Calabar South, Nigeria, 2005. Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) BLESS, N°43 Know Howowow, 14.03.2011, Hélène.




(L)  Phyllis Galembo,  Agot Dance Group, Etikpe Village, Cross River, Nigeria, 2004 Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) Issey Miyake. Photo | Irving Penn.




(L)  Phyllis Galembo,  Burkina Faso, 2006. Image courtesy of the artist and LN-CC.

(R) Henrik Vibskov, The Fringe Project #10.




(L)  Phyllis Galembo, Gwarama Masquerade, Yegueresso Village, Burkina Faso, 2006. Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) Iris Van Herpen, Mummification A| W 2009 collection.



(L) The Beri – Nyâna, or men’s devil of Western Liberia (The Bundu of Sierra Leone), circa 1906. Source: NYPL Digital Gallery.

(R) Nick Cave, Soundsuit 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.



(L)  Phyllis Galembo, Sierra Leone, 2008-2009. Image courtesy of the artist. 

(R) Killian Loddo, Fantastic Goodbuy – Entity. 



(L) Phyllis Galembo, Baby Dance of Etikpe, Cross River, Nigeria, 2004. Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) Lucas Simões, Desretratos series. 



(L) Phyllis Galembo, Akata Dance Masqueraders, Ogoja, Nigeria, 2004. Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) Rozalb de Mura S|S 2010 Collection.



(L) Phyllis Galembo, Abora Traditional Masquerade, Cross River, Nigeria, 2004. Image courtesy of the artist and Tang Museum.

(R) Michael Lau S|S 2010. Photo | Getty.



UK based milliner Keiron LeVine,  K.L.V. is captivated by the rich and diverse animal kingdom, drawing inspiration from it constantly, and strongly believing in the natural world’s importance to the arts, fashion and indeed life in general. He graduated in Illustration which informed his passion for body adornment in the form of collage, with particular importance to the head. After university, K.L.V. began creating 3-Dimensional headwear from paper or collage, some of which were featured in Winchester Fashion Week 2011. K.L.V.’s love for headwear was intensified upon beginning a millinery internship, where he learnt a wealth of traditional techniques allowing him to appreciate the true art of the hat. Since then K.L.V. has released his first independent headwear collection entitled ‘Ancestors’, inspired by the intrinsic link between human, animal and adornment.


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