Organizers at ACCRA[dot]ALT started the Chale Wote Street Art Festival as an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and the streets of James Town, Accra. It has also become a phenomenal venue for street style and creative dress. Its a rare treat to see everyone in Accra get freaky with fashion, and we at Osei-Duro love to people watch at Chale Wote.
Below is a roundup of inspiring images from the last few years, shot by local photographers - enjoy!
(check out hashtags #chalewote and #chalewote2016 for more)
Photos (including front image): Darshan Images (Kwame Dennis Akuoko-Frimpong)
Photos by Kwame Osei, via dynamicafrica
Model Tasia Cobbinah, via accradotalt
Uncredited, from Umar Sidibe blog
Osei-Duro collaborated with artist Zohra Opoku for Chale Wote 2016. Opoku is a German-Ghanaian artist working in Accra whose practice often looks at textile cultures, fashion and identity. For the project we used prints from our Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which became shade cloths on meticulously constructed and handpainted sculptural kiosks conceived and made by the artist.
The structures reference local vernacular architecture and served as small oases, both joyful and peaceful, within the chaos of the event for festival attendees. We are excited to have had this collaborative installation be a part of this year's Chale Wote!
Photos: Evi Olde Rikkert