This Harlem market is the best place to shop for all your 'Black Panther' looks

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

For Black Panther's record-breaking premiere weekend, hordes of fans flocked to movie theaters dressed in their best African looks, from bold dashikis to head wraps in colorful African prints.

Their inspiration was the movie's fictional African country of Wakanda, but all had different reasons for dressing up. Moviegoer Rhondel Whyte told Fashionista that he and his friend Isaiah Alexander wanted to reconnect with their African heritage: "Both of us are from Trinidad and Tobago. But we thought we should focus on not where the [slave ships] dropped us off, but where they picked us up. So, we chose outfits with bright African prints that reflect our heritage."

If you want to join in the Wakanda-inspired style parade this weekend, there's no better place to get a head-to-toe look than the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. This outdoor bazaar features dozens of African vendors selling goods from Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali as well as others countries across the continent.

From colorful dresses to beaded necklaces, the choices spill out of the booths that run up and down the bazaar. And if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, you can ask one of the on-site tailors to help you create the outfit of your Wakanda dreams.

Need some on-the-ground inspiration before you go? Many of the most dazzling looks from the past week can be found on the internet, including on Instagram (try searching with the hashtags #WakandaForever and #WakandaCametoSlay) and in fashion magazines that have already covered what is slowly turning into a massive trend.

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