The Way We Wore Black Style Then
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 8.25 in x 10.5 in
Illustrations: 150 color
- The only book to catalogue, either visually or in words, the origins of a uniquely American style that has swept the globe
- Features both important people from black culture along with snapshot artwork showing how the style was once specific to an ethnicity has permeated and inspired high fashion worldwide
- Features photographs of Oprah Winfrey, James Baldwin, models Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and Tookie Smith; fashion designers Kimora Lee Simmons, Patrick Kelly, and Tracy Reese, singers Bobby Short and James Ingram, agent Bethann Hardison, socialite Portia LaBeija, and Supremes Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell
- Appeals to fans of fashion, photography, and contemporary African-American culture and history
Michael McCollom has put together a collection of never-before-seen photographs of the individual. The Way We Wore is not only a historical piece that journeys through the African-American landscape, but also an album celebrating the individual. Michael McCollom has carefully chosen photographs and people that exhibit the historical framework of African-American influence on fashion, design, and culture, taking a unique look back at African-American style moments.
Utilizing personal photographs, this collection explores the stylish beginnings of a diverse group of African-American tastemakers along with everyday folk, examining a time when some individuals literally pulled it all together or, for others, a time of trial and error. This is an exciting exploration of African-American influence on fashion, design and culture.
Contents: Foreword by Geoffrey Holder; Introduction by Michael McCollom; Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal; Hair, Hells and Attitude; Adore that Pink; Important Hair; Express Yourself; Stumbling is Not Falling; Destined for Greatness; Aim High; Index to Participants.
What the press have said about this book...
"A marvelous journey from Harlem Renaissance to Hip-Hop, The Way We Wore celebrates the innovative and captivating history of African-American fashion over the past century. With photographs like Gwen Mazer walking her pet ocelot while wearing a wool herringbone cape with matching trousers by Eric Lund taken in Italy during the 1970s. The Way We Wore is equal parts regal and real—a must-have for any collector of contemporary fashion and style." --Miss Rosen, Crave Online