Mbikayi’s Techno Dandy can be seen as a warrior, inspired by nineteenth-century French and English redingotes and medieval armour. This redingote is covered with black computer keys and forms a second skin on a tailored black cloth. Its elbows have separate covers made from knee guards that he also worked on with computer keys. These allow him to bend his arms easily while moving and give the costume the impression of armour. It has an accompanying top hat that is also studded with keys, and a modified walking stick. Inside the redingote is an additional cover or ‘shirt’ made with computer cables hanging to the knees, which is inspired by medieval chainmail. The shoes are comical and worn with socks woven from coloured cables. They are also intended to complement the subversive nature of the garment, which forms an allegory of a body in auto-recovery from diverse technological injuries.
The Mbikayi’s Techno Dandy is a person who dons the outfit for a parade and therefore performs several characters. He embodies hope for a future where access to technology is more widespread in Africa.