"nobody Has Swaga On My Street Like Me" : Street Fashion And Tradition Clash In Guinea Bissau
On the streets at Guinea Bissaus Carnaval celebrations, the question quickly becomes Which fashion rituals represent the true Bissau? In the official street parade, dancers and fire breathers wear traditional costumes from a variety of ethnic groups in the country as they perform harvest dances that have been carried out every year for centuries. Their skirts are made from local plants. Their head dresses represent sacred animals, such as the bull. They compete in a nationwide contest to see who can replicate their countrys oldest fashion rituals. But along the parade routes roads, local spectators are dressed to the nines in a fantastic combination of modern street style mixed with local flair, such as wire glasses in the shape of a heart and bright graphic tees with oversized blue sunglasses. They are dressed for another ritual - the one teenagers around the world engage in despite their ethnic group - they are dressed to impress their peers. In A Clash of Fashion and Tradition at Guinea Bissau Carnaval, Ricci Shryock tries to capture how fashion rituals from the past linger and live on amid fashion forward rituals of the present. The project has been published by Vogue Italia, Natal and Al Jazeera.