The New York based Nigerian photographer Oye Diran was born in Lagos Nigeria, to a mother who was a visual Artist and a father who was a veterinary doctor and a business man. He grew up surrounded by creativity and art.
The talented photographer received an old family photo from an aunt. He was intrigued by the high sense of fashion and style displayed by the Yoruba women in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. He observed how the style of iro and buba has evolved over the years.
He searched the internet to find more vintage image of the outfit but was disappointed that he could only find the more updated and modernized version of the Yoruba outfit. All what he could find was the fitted version of the loose outfit, the grand aso ebi with different materials and styles. They were so different from the knee length iro and the loose buba of the 1960's also known as "oleku"
Being the creative soul that he is, he created these beautiful images to be a close replica of the style of 'those days'.
Even the gele(head gear) is tied in a way that has no semblance to the modern gele.
That Afro hair is on point though
So what do you think about this age old fashion? Would you still wear something like this to your owanbe outing???
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