African masquerades are fascinating to me for a number of reasons. First reason being that they are probably the most beautiful costumes I’ve ever come across, I mean when you talk about creativity, they are definitely up there on the top of my list. Secondly, the creativity is based on culture and spirituality and that also makes them even more interesting, there is a story behind every single one. Thirdly, they scare me, but that’s based on stories I was told as a child from my grandparents, and I do not want to be tormented by an evil spirit.
From brightly coloured distressed fabrics and patterns (I’m a sucker for print), to intricate details such as fringing, beadwork and avant-guarde like headpieces, there are too many elements one can get inspiration from. Aside from the visual aspect of these masquerades, the meaning behind each one provides a deeper understanding and appreciation for them. Get inspired!