Vintage Street Style From Mali, Now on T-shirts

Published March 14, 2016 in the New York Times Style Magazine

Long before street style photography became a bona fide pop-culture phenomenon, there was Malick Sidibe. As a portrait artist, he captured the hope of postcolonial Mali in the ’60s and ’70s, documenting that country’s vibrant youth culture — batik print Mod minidresses, bell bottoms and all.

Now, at 80, Sidibe has lent some of his most iconic images to a new, limited-edition T-shirt collection with Zainab Sumu, the designer behind the Boston-based brand Primitive Modern.

Michael Ware