Lagos Space Programme, the Lagos-based, genderless brand created by Adeju Thompson. As a nonbinary, queer, Yoruba and Black designer, Thompson outfitted their men in languid silhouettes infusing traditional dressing with a contemporary sensibility. The results are a beautiful collection of subtle tie-dye and speckled prints, scarves and dresses, shredded knit vests and deconstructed blazers, bronze accessories (creating an image of the divine queer) and cropped-wide legged trousers.
Thompson delivered a fashion film lensed at the UNESCO World Heritage site Osun Sacred Grove, one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria, evoking the sacred and respectful atmosphere of the gender-bending ritual known as Gélédé, aimed at celebrating female ancestors, deities and the community’s elderly women — all embodied by men. The poignant images accompanied by a heart-beating soundtrack almost outshined the collection, a selection of pieces the designer would wear themselves.