This woman’s boubou gown was made by Jean Kablan, a popular designer based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in the 1970s. It forms part of a capsule collection of outfits and accessories that African American collector and fashion enthusiast Saundra Lang aquired on various trips to West Africa, which the museum collected as part of the Fashioning Africa Project.
Creator: Jean Kablan
Place: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Saundra recalls: ‘I was given this boubou by a friend as a welcoming gift in 1974, my second trip to Abidjan. It was customery to give visitors gifts. I was taken to the designer’s shop and fitted for the boubou… I was so delighted to receive this generous gift.’
Saundra Lang at her home in Los Angeles.