As a self respecting Muslim and Senegalese, I do wear traditional attire when I am home on Fridays. I do not attend the Masjid (shame on me, I know!) but I try to dress up. This Friday I am adorning this newly tailored dress. I purchased the fabric during my shopping spree for my business in India. I was drawn to the color I do not possess, the print I found lovely but also the fact that the fabric was in cotton. I had wanted to sew a Kaftan but at the last minute I decided to wait until I arrive home to see what the latest fashion would be. Apparent it is all about dresses or "Robe" as we commonly called it. Everywhere I look women are wearing this type of dress with empire waist and ruffled hem. They favor cotton as a fabric because Summers in Senegal can be pretty hot. But they add all kinds of embellishment to it. I went the simple route and asked my tailor to make me something a tad embellished but basic. He came up with this dress.
Dress - Taylor made
Shoes - Zara
Necklace - some fair in Pune
When I tried it on, my husband (my very own fashion police) said that the dress looked like a dress his Grandma would wear. He was right for this was the fashion years ago, starting during colonial times. Mix raced Christians used to wear them but soon enough the entire country followed. The dress was known as Gourmettes then named after the women who wore it originally.
Gourmette style dress - source: http://www.farrakhanfactor.com
The style went away but came back again in the 90s. I actually owned a similar dress in black with embroidered pink flowers gifted to me when I was a teen. I have not worn it in years. But I think I could still wear it today and be trendy. Fashion trends come in cycles. What was outdated yesterday can become trendy today.
So what do you think of my latest dress? I am thinking of adding a few more to my collection using fabrics from India. What say you?