The latest instalment in the IN FOCUS series, Another Africa collaborates with UK-based milliner Keiron LeVine, K.L.V. delving into the rich otherworldly sphere of adornment, animalia and the arts.
From rituals of The Masquerade, in particular the rich traditions found throughout West Africa and so vividly documented in recent years by NewYork-based photographer Phyllis Galembo, we will look at the visual act of disguise and the manner of guise.
During the month of April, we indulge our wanderlust with all manner of ocular titillation presenting readers with the collaborative endeavour and trilogy, Diptych, Disguise & Adornate. It’s all about the masquerade.
Diptych, pairing West African masquerade imagery with equally hypnotic and amusing photographs that juxtapose ‘traditional’ ornamentation with contemporary fashion, art and nature. To view the four part series, click.
disGUISE, an ephemeral tumblr blog only for the month of April curated by K.L.V. and Another Africa. New images posted daily, enough to keep you coming back for more. From Tokyo to New York, Kathakali to Engu all roads lead to one, dis-guise.tumblr.com
Adornate, with inspiration aplenty, a new series of adorned headdresses created by K.L.V in collaboration with Another Africa, and founder Missla Libsekal as muse. To view the two part series, click.
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.