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La Sape is a subculture centered on the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of Congo respectively. The name comes from the French slang word sape, which means "clothes" or "dressed up." La Sape aims to show elegance and style within fashion, similar to predecessors before. People who participate in the movement are called sapeurs.
La Sape fashion is diverse and experiments with a lot of styles. La Sape takes heavily from the Roaring Twenties culture of the 1920s, which correlates with a desire to be elegant and rich.
In recent years, females have begun to adopt the style aswell. Sapeuses use the style to rebel against the status quo of being considered second-class citizens, where they dress the same as men.
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