Loza Maléombho‘s SS16 collection is inspired by a Guro princess called Djela Lou Zaouli from the Guro tribe in northern Côte d’Ivoire. It explores the aesthetic of Zaouli dancers with fringe trimmings, bright colors and a mask figure peaking in a very stylized fashion within the structures of some of the garments. Zaouli mask dance initiated in Côte d’Ivoire in the 50s and was performed at weddings funerals and other occasions as a tribute to the late princess while celebrating her beauty and grace through fascinating dance moves. The tradition continues until today. Intriguingly the tradition requires the mask dancer to be a man and not a woman. So with this collection Loza pays her tribute to the Guro princess with her best interpretation of grace sensuality and beauty through fashion.