The recent Independence celebrations in Kenya were highlighted in Nairobi by a National Dress competition full of exciting and colourful ideas.
SV Man wearing overgrown parading in front of judges
CU Man wearing overjacket with matching hat
CU Man with flower-patterned jacket with wide sleeves
SV Woman wearing full-length of floral design with brocade stole
SV Other women competitors
CU Woman wearing full-length dress with matching headgear
SCU Women wearing "wet-look" leather outfit
CU Interior winner wearing Kenya's new national costume for 1971 Polka-dot pattern with matching headgear and stole, gold inserts at sides (3 shots)
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Background: The recent Independence celebrations in Kenya were highlighted in Nairobi by a National Dress competition full of exciting and colourful ideas.
Miss Grace Wood of Nakuru was overall winner of the ladies section in a polka-dot Dutch-printed dress, with satin sleeves, and a matching stole and hat.
There was also a strong men's section in the competition, organised by the Ministry of Co-operatives and Social Services at the Nairobi City Stadium.
Men and women alike in Kenya are unafraid of riotous colour in the clothes they wear. They borrowed ideas from European clothes in the competition, but for the most part made use of ideas from traditional costume.
Among those watching the parade were the Minister of Social and Co-operative Services Mr. Masinde Muliro, Kenya's Chief Justice Mr. Kitili Mwendwa, and General Ndolo, Commander of the Kenyan army.