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Mbeuk Idourrou, by Imane Ayissi

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Mbeuk Idourrou, by Imane Ayissi, Ensemble, 2019 (designed and made)

This ensemble is part of Cameroonian designer Imane Ayissi’s Mbeuk Idourrou collection. Mbeuk Idourrou translates to ‘he or she who wears a garment that is impressive’. The saying references the idea that clothes reflect not only the social status of the wearer, but also the success of their community. With this collection, Ayissi explored the role of volume in creating presence, taking inspiration from the Senegalese grand boubou and the Japanese kimono.

This ensemble comprises palazzo trousers and cape in fuschia satin, and the cape and top are fringed with dyed pink raffia from Madagascar. The bold colour and large volume of the cape speak to the theme of the collection.

Mbeuk Idourrou, by Imane Ayissi
Mbeuk Idourrou, by Imane Ayissi
Purchase funded by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Diana Quasha
Museum number: T.2435:1,2-2021 – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2021

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