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Ancient Egyptian Fashion Makes A Comeback Part II! By Ntumba Mukendi

May 19, 2014

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o shows how ancient Egyptian fashion is now at the forefront of today's style landscape.

Joan Smalls

In part one of the Egyptian Fashion Makes a comeback, I highlighted the model of Puerto Rican origin who was wearing an Egyptian-influenced Givenchy dress on the cover of Elle magazine this past January. I thought she just looked fabulous, until I saw Lupita in a very similar version of thedress.  Personally I prefer the way colors, golds, and silvers look on Lupita’s chocolate skin.

The tunic dress was worn in 1700 B.C. and is now recycled and worn by model Joan Smalls-Rodriguez.

Lupita Nyong'o

Although Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie 12 Years a Slave, she has not been getting any major acting roles. My theory is that her image is catergorized as “exotic”, ”slave” or "maid" by Hollywood.  I never did like the idea that she won an award for a slave role, but that’s just me.

Look at all of this fabulousness!

United Colors of Lupita

About Ntumba Mukendi

Congolese born Ntumba Mukendi is a fashion designer who previously worked at Tommy Hilfiger, then launched her own brand ntumba.ntumba design ( Her company utilizes authentic African fabric to help boost the African economy. Ntumba is also the founder of the fashion-based organization ntumba.ntumba apparel ( which promotes gender-empowerment.