I just want everyone to pause and really appreciate the costumes in this Biyi Bandele movie. God rest his soul. If we are being more specific, there is a long list of accolades to be given due to the diversity of costumes used in this movie. The movie was quite star-studded; Odunlade Adekola, Deyemi Okanlawon, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, and Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, to name a few.
From the first few minutes of Netflix‘s Elesin Oba (The King’s Horseman), we are thrown into an elaborate room filled with Tie and Dye and that excites my mind. I’ll also like to point out how the Tie and Dye fashion is common with the Yoruba tribe, but it also references the late Director’s birthplace, the roadside town of Kafanchan in Northern Nigeria.
The beautiful aesthetics of the Yoruba people; every Aso Oke is carefully and distinctly different from the next in the most exuberant colours and style. I can say it added significantly to every character’s persona.
Elesin Oba (The King’s Horseman) is set in the 1940s, casting a handful of caucasian thespians, and the wardrobe didn’t fail to deliver. Every suit and every uniform detail represented the timeline properly and brightened the characters.
The Ball scene must have been playing dress up and drinking wine for the cast and crew. Words fail me to describe seeing Joke Silva in that ball gown.
Fashion and culture are well represented in this Movie and you have to check it out, if not for the plot, but to properly understand and feel what I am saying.