The Way We Wore

The Way We Wore : Black Style Then

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In The Way We Wore: Black Style Then, Michael McCollom chronicles African-Americans fashion from the 1940s through today. Featuring snapshots of over 150 black men and women's most unforgettable "style moments," the book includes personal photographs taken from the author's own family and circle of friends including Oprah Winfrey, James Baldwin, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Tracy Reese, Patrick Kelly, Kimora Lee, Bobby Short, Bethann Hardison, and Portia LaBeija, among countless others. From brides glowing in white dresses to bachelors in bell-bottoms, these photographs encompass the tremendous variety of fashions begun by the African-American community and guided international fashion culture. Some outfits are dynamic and outrageous--elaborate hairstyles and chunky shoes, enormous earrings and funky glasses--yet their wearers' vitality and pride leap from the page. Other styles are striking in their elegance and composure. World War II servicemen in their uniforms, women in haute couture gowns, children dressed for Sunday morning church service; gorgeous shots like these transcend fads, engendering the book with a sense of heritage and history befitting the legacy of African-American style and culture. The Way We Wore is both a marvelous journey from Harlem Renaissance to Hip-Hop, the celebration of the innovative and captivating history of African-American fashion over the past century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 220.98 x 271.78 x 22.86mm | 1,065.94g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 150 colour
  • 0989170446
  • 9780989170444
  • 2,372,449

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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, June 16, 2015 "
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About Michael McCollom

Geoffrey Holder was born in Trinidad, and moved to New York in 1954, where he made his renaissance career, as a dancer, actor, painter, choreographer, designer, director, and singer. He has been a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his painting, appeared in several feature films, and won a Tony Award for Best Director for his Broadway musical, The Wiz. Holder lives with his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, in New York City. Michael McCollom is a designer and professional photographer. Named by Vogue magazine as the "designer to watch," he has gained recognition as a designer and photographer, working with a celebrity clientele including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Julia Roberts. His first solo gallery exhibition took place in SoHo (New York) in 2002, and he continues to curate shows throughout the city, including the 2006/2007 Museum of the City of New York's fashion exhibition, "Black Style Now."
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