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Living on pennies and panache in Congo

Among crumbling buildings and dirt roads in Congo's capital Kinshasa, "sapeurs" sport labels from Gaultier, Cavalli, Versace, Mikaye and Dolce & Gabanna. Despite difficult living conditions, these devotees of high fashion often put what little money they have toward their look.

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Article | KINSHASA, CONGO -- This vast central African nation is known for many things: the massive corruption of the late leopard-hat-wearing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, grinding poverty, a devastating conflict in the east. But it is worth noting that Congo is also home to a formidable cult of high fashion,...

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