Nelson Mandela's Style Remembered: His Signature Bold & Colorful Madiba Printed Shirts
, his tireless campaign for civil rights and peace was heightened by the sophisticated and proud sartorial manner in which he presented himself. While the former president of South Africa certainly wore plenty of custom-made suits, it was his traditional Madiba shirts that comprised his distinguished and celebrated signature style. The bold and colorful printed shirts, named after Mandela's African clan, became synonymous with the icon after he.
"What Mandela has accomplished for South Africa--and for the world as a whole--was so staggering that it might seem insulting to put it in the context of style. But it would be just as insulting to ignore it," , editor-in-chief of HELLO! Nigeria and adjunct journalism professor at Syracuse University, told The Huffington Post.
We couldn't agree more.
Mandela's fashion-forward flair combined with his revered political legacy not only influenced others to adopt his eye-catching style () but also .
"We can't forget the essence of his struggle was affirming that the black African was just as much of a man as his white brother," Blay said. "Mandela's words and actions did this succinctly, but it was a wardrobe--as dignified and elegant and powerful as the man who wore them--which carried that message across visually."