Confessions of a Style Fanatic: Fashion Literature We Love

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By Tonae’ Lee
Special to the AFRO

Hey there AFRO readers! We are back with the second installment of the latest Confessions of a Style Fanatic column. We hope that you are all doing well during this time and making the most of your quarantine time. A great way to keep yourself occupied is by having your head in a good book to help your mind stay active.

This month, we are suggesting some of our favorite literature on Black fashion and creatives in the industry. From vintage reads to modern reviews, it’s nothing like a good book to keep you busy and sane. The following are just a few of our top favorites of the month.

For our vintage lovers, books like Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer, The Threads Of Time, The Fabric Of History: Profiles Of African American Dressmakers And Designers From 1850 To The Present by Rosemary E. Reed Miller, and The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora by Carol Tulloch are right up your alley. These books highlight the impact of Black creatives in the fashion industry, and explore the influence that people of color have had on culture. 

Want to dive a little deeper into the lives of your favorite fashion icons? Try looking for their memoir or autobiography write-ups. For Inside secrets, untold stories and a lot of stylish features, check out Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir, A.L.T.: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley and Walking with the Muses by Pat Cleveland. Take an in-depth look at your favorite fashion folks, while getting their honest and raw perspective on things. 

Looking for some fun, yet stylish reads? Coffee table books are our favorite! Posing Beauty: African American Images 1980s to the Present and Black: A Celebration of a Culture by Deborah Willis are amazing displays of Black photography. Music and fashion moguls, Rihanna and Pharrell also have stylish decor books. Rihanna’s “visual autobiography” is self-titled, Rihanna, while Pharrell presents Pharrell: A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet. Adding both fashionable value and incite, they are perfect collectible purchases.

Represented in many other readings, Black culture has always been the mood board for the current industry climate. During this time inside, familiarize yourself with more Black authors and creatives! You will be surprised what you can learn.

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