A journey through Sierra Leone

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti and i-D's Fashion Editor at Large Ibrahim Kamara cast models from schools and community centres in this striking documentation of the West African nation.

by i-D Staff
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15 June 2020, 4:14pm

This story originally appeared in i-D's The Faith In Chaos Issue, no. 360, Summer 2020. Order your copy here.

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Abubakarr wears jacket Lanvin. Hat Dior.
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Left to right: Abdulrahim wears jacket and trousers Burberry. Jumper AMI. Hassan wears all clothing Wooyoungmi. Socks Falke. Shoes Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Andrew wears suit Alexander McQueen. Shirt GAP. Shoes Balenciaga. Teddy wears suit Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Shirt GAP. Shoes Thom Browne. Abubakarr wears jacket Dunhill. Shirt GAP. Trousers Tommy Hilfiger. Foday wears suit and shoes Givenchy. Shirt GAP.
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Left to right: Mujae wears coat Louis Vuitton. Shirt Margaret Howell. Tie Ibkamarastudios. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earrings model’s own. Shoes Tod’s. Shalom wears dress Richard Quinn. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring Balenciaga. Shoes Tod’s. Alimatu wears dress Christopher Kane. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring Erdem. Boots Miu Miu. Mariama S wears dress Christopher Kane. Earring Balenciaga. Gloves Paula Rowan. Shoes Burberry. Mariama Williams wears dress Chanel. Shirt Margaret Howell. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring Erdem. Boots Richard Malone. Aminata wears dress and trousers Charlotte Knowles. Gloves Paula Rowan. Shoes Alexander McQueen. Isha wears top and skirt Chopova Lowena. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring Erdem. Shoes Givenchy. Shirley wears dress Richard Quinn. Shirt Margaret Howell. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring model’s own. Shoes Fendi.
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All clothing model’s own.
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Michael wears jacket Louis Vuitton.
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Left to right: Teddy wears all clothing model’s own. Alhassan wears suit Alexander Mcqueen (womenswear). Shirt GAP. Socks Falke. Shoes Berluti. Hassan wears suit Alexander Mcqueen (womenswear). Shirt GAP. Socks Falke. Shoes Balenciaga.
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All clothing model’s own.
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All clothing model’s own.
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Left to right: Alhassan wears all clothing Givenchy. Andrew wears coat Lanvin. Suit Helmut Lang (womenswear). Shirt Margaret Howell. Tie Ibkamarastudios. Hassan wears coat Dior. Shirt GAP. Trousers Lanvin.
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Left to right: Aminata wears dress Erdem. Shoes Fendi. Isatu wears jacket and shirt Erdem. Shorts Carolina Herrera. Shoes Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Shalom wears suit and shoes Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Shirt Louis Vuitton. Mariama S wears jacket Kwaidan Editions. Jumper Loewe. Trousers and shoes Givenchy. Earrings Pebble London. Alimatu wears jacket Carolina Herrera. Shirt Chopova Lowena. Trousers Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Earrings model’s own. Shoes Prada. Blessing wears all clothing Yuhan Wang. Earrings model’s own. Boots Thom Browne (menswear). Shirley wears dress Ashley Williams. Earrings model’s own. Shoes Tod’s. Mujae wears dress Jil Sander. Shoes Tod’s. Mariama Williams wears suit Acne Studios. Shirt Margaret Howell. Shoes Lanvin.
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Augustine wears jacket Tommy Hilfiger. Trousers Ahluwalia Studio. Ring model’s own. Necklace (worn around leg) Christopher Kane.
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Shalom wears all clothing and earrings Balenciaga. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Gloves Paula Rowan. Bag and shoes Tod’s.
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Left to right: Aminata wears top Fendi. Shirt and skirt MSGM. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Shoes Alexander McQueen. Isha wears dress Ports 1961. Earrings Pebble London. Shoes Alexander McQueen. Shalom wears dress Erdem. Earrings Pebble London. Shoes Burberry. Mariama S wears suit and shoes Givenchy. Shirt Margaret Howell. Earrings Pebble London. Bag Dior. Alimatu wears jumper MSGM. Skirt Dior. Earrings Pebble London. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Bag Tod’s. Shoes Fendi. Mariama Williams wears dress Helmut Lang. Earrings Pebble London. Bag and shoes Tod’s. Shirley wears dress Christopher Kane. Trousers Kwaidan Editions. Earrings Pebble London. Shoes Tod’s. Mujae wears dress Erika Cavallini. Tights Loulabelle Couture. All jewellery Pebble London. Shoes Chanel.
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Sheku wears jumper Tommy Hilfiger (womenswear). Shirt Margaret Howell. Tie Ibkamarastudios. Trousers JW Anderson (womenswear). Shoes Stefan Cooke.
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Blessing wears top and skirt Givenchy. Earrings model’s own.
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Left to right: Andrew wears vest Maison Margiela. Shirt Margaret Howell. Trousers Dunhill. Gloves Paula Rowan. Shoes Balenciaga. Abdulrahim wears coat and shoes Lanvin. Shirt Alhuwalia Studio. Trousers Louis Vuitton. Socks Falke. Hassan wears vest Fendi. Vest (worn underneath) Maison Margiela. Shirt Margaret Howell. Trousers MSGM. Gloves Paula Rowan. Socks Falke. Shoes Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Foday wears jumper Ahluwalia Studio. Trousers, belt and shoes Fendi. Socks Falke. Teddy wears coat Maison Margiela. Shirt Margaret Howell. Jumper JW Anderson. Trousers Burberry. Shoes Thom Browne. Abubakarr wears jacket Berluti. Shirt Hermès. Trousers Prada. Shoes Santoni.
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All clothing model's own.
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Mariama wears top and skirt Issey Miyake. Bra (worn underneath) JW Anderson. Earrings Pebble London. Bag and shoes Givenchy. Mujae wears dress Burberry. Bangle Pebble London. Shoes Fendi.
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Alhassan jacket and shirt Louis Vuitton. Trousers Labrum London. Gloves Paula Rowan.
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Left to right: Isatu wears all clothing Erdem. Earrings Pebble London. Bag Chanel. Aminata wears dress Huishan Zhang. Necklace JW Anderson. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Boots Richard Malone. Shalom wears dress Huishan Zhang. Skirt Chopova Lowena. Tights Loulabelle Couture. Earring Pebble London. Boots Miu Miu. Shirley wears all clothing Miu Miu. Earrings Pebble London. Mariama Williams wears all clothing Ashish. Earrings Pebble London. Necklace Christopher Kane. Alimatu wears dress Tommy Hilfiger. Earrings Pebble London.Bag Miu Miu.

Credits


Photography Rafael Pavarotti
Styling Ibrahim Kamara


Styling assistance Sasha Harris and Felix Paradza.
Production Zara Antar and Kwaku Kamara.
Models Shalom John, Mujae Keifala, Alimatu Bengura,
Shirley Johnson, Mariama Williams, Aminata Sowe, Isatu L Bah, Mariama S Bah, Isha Ramadan Bah, Foday Yansaneh, Teddy Paul, Hassan Kamara, Alhassan Kamara, Abdulrahim Bangura, Andrew B Conteh, Abubakarr Conteh, Michael Conteh,
Sheku Ensaoo, Blessing Sesay, and Augustine Lahai.
Special thanks to St Edward’s and St Joseph’s secondary schools and to all parents of models.
All headpieces and headwraps worn throughout Ibkamarastudios.

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