This two piece outfit was commissioned by the owner, Dotun, for his wedding ceremony in 1995. It is made of a synthetic fabric called African lace (actually industrially produced embroidery originally imported from Austria) that is very popular in Nigeria and West Africa. African lace can be worn as an outfit or teamed with aso-oke garments. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.
Place: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
Brighton Museum collected several of the outfits worn by Dotun and his wife Funmi at their wedding events. Dotun explains:
“…the number of times you change depend on the people having the wedding, because different people might get you different outfits that you would offend if you didn’t…wear them. So you’d have to change gazillions of times.”
See more of Funmi and Dotun’s wedding looks: