Oumou Sy, Senegal’s Queen of Couture
Happy Friday, and TGIF!
It’s raining on our side of the blogosphere, and it’s alright, as we can always get a sunny outlook by checking out some global fashions worldwide…And since I’m partial to my home country of Senegal, let me introduce you to a pretty amazing lady designer , also known as Senegal’s Queen of Couture, Ms. Oumou Sy.
Born in 1952 in the Senegalese region of Podor, Ms. Sy has presented her collections all over the world, including all over Africa, Europe, Asia, and the US. Owning stores in Paris and Geneva, Oumou Sy has dressed internationally known Senegalese artists such as Youssou Ndour and Baaba Maal. She’s also won various awards at international film festivals for her costume designs. What I like most about Ms. Sy’s designs is her intricate, always exotic and mysterious mix of traditionalism and modernity. She mixes various fabrics from cotton to silk to organza, with traditional cloths and even materials such wood, various types of hardware…etc..Ms Sy’s creations are an incredible mix of Afro avant-garde and Western uber-chic, showcasing fashion ideas as bold as they are glamorous.
Ms. Sy is not just a stylist, but also a teacher and businesswoman. She founded the International Fashion Week in Dakar, as well as the annual Dakar Carnival, and successfully pioneered the opening of cyber-cafes, of which the famous Metissacana, in Senegal.
So, without further ado: