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The Way We Wore: Black Style Then

“From prim ponytails and pumps to afros and aviator glasses, African-American style from one decade to the next has always been stunning and inventive. Michael McCollom has pulled together an extensive collection of original photographs, all featuring black men and women looking their ‘best’ in wonderfully original clothing, hairstyles and accessories from years gone by. The photographs in this collection for the most part do not feature models or celebrities; these are ordinary people looking fabulous as they pose for their friend’s camera. Some of their outfits are zany, others elegant; some are hip and others casual. Each photo is an honest snapshot of a particular time, place, and personality. Together, these images serve as an extraordinary tribute to the boldness and ingenuity of black style throughout the decades. The Way We Wore is both an entertaining and inspiring historical document. With these imaginative and time-stopping photographs, a foreword by renowned culturalist Geoffrey Holder, and a distinctive introduction by the author, this book is a marvelous journey from Harlem Renaissance to hip-hop style; a celebration of the innovative and captivating history of African-American fashion.”  – from Glitterati Incorporated. The Way We Wore: Black Style Then was originally published in 2006. A new printing is available through Glitterati Incorporated.

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