Black is the New Black: Black Fashion and Aesthetics

Books about Black fashion and aesthetics

Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful Cover Image
By Kwame Brathwaite (Photographer), Tanisha C. Ford (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Deborah Willis (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$40.00
ISBN: 9781597114431
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Published: Aperture - May 1st, 2019

"From Beyonc to Barack Obama, it's hard to think of a black figure who does not owe their prominence, in some measure, to the ethos of 'Black is Beautiful'" --Ekow Eshun, Financial Times


How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9780847861385
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Published: Rizzoli - February 6th, 2018

An inspirational journey through black fashion in America from the twentieth century to the present, featuring the most celebrated icons of Black style and taste.


The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062221049
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 24th, 2015

An authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture, from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, “the most accomplished black music critic of his generation” (Washington Post Book World).


The Worthy Wardrobe: Your Guide to Style, Shopping & Soul Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781641379663
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Published: New Degree Press - July 27th, 2020

"I first had to learn to love myself before I could dress myself, let alone teach anyone else how to dress."



Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822346036
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Published: Duke University Press - December 1st, 2009

Slaves to Fashion is a pioneering cultural history of the black dandy, from his emergence in Enlightenment England to his contemporary incarnations in the cosmopolitan art worlds of London and New York.


Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510512
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Published: Random House - July 9th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn’t just about fashion.


The Way We Wore: Black Style Then Cover Image
By Michael McCollom, Geoffrey Holder (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780989170444
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Published: Glitterati - February 16th, 2014

In The Way We Wore: Black Style Then, Michael McCollom chronicles African-Americans fashion from the 1940s through today.


Little Black Dress Cover Image
By André Leon Talley, Paula Wallace (Foreword by), Gioia Diliberto (Text by), Maureen Dowd (Text by), Adam Kuehl (Photographs by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780847840571
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - April 2nd, 2013

A selectively curated overview of the little black dress in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, organized by Vogue contributing editor and fashion force André Leon Talley and published on the occasion of an exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah College of Art and Design), André Leon Talley Gallery.


The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593129258
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 19th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this “captivating” (Time) memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.


Walking with the Muses: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501108235
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Published: 37 Ink - August 1st, 2017

An exciting account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland—one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies.

“Taking her reader through fifty years of fashion from the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, the disco era's decadence, and the grandeur of Hollywood’s late 70s renaissance, Cleveland provides a gli


Creative Haven African Glamour Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486821641
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Published: Dover Publications - June 13th, 2018

Bestselling coloring book artist Marjorie Sarnat has teamed with fashion designer Cia Slater to create this gorgeous collection of 31 classic African-inspired images. Striking silhouetted figures wear beautiful head wraps and flowing gowns decorated with patterns based on traditional African arts and crafts designs. Background elements include animals, plants, and fanciful ornaments.


Supreme Glamour Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780500022009
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 17th, 2019

Sumptuously illustrated, engaging, and insightful, Mary Wilson’s book charts the glittering story of The Supremes, as it showcases their glamorous and iconic ensembles.


Dandy Lion: Black Dandy and Street Style Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781597113892
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Published: Aperture - May 30th, 2017

Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new "dandy." Described as "high-styled rebels" by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion.


Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (Gender and American Culture) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781469636139
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 1st, 2017

From the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a powerful tool of resistance.


The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora (Materializing Culture) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781859734650
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - January 28th, 2016

It is broadly recognized that black style had a clear and profound influence on the history of dress in the twentieth century, with black culture and fashion having long been defined as 'cool'. Yet despite this high profile, in-depth explorations of the culture and history of style and dress in the African diaspora are a relatively recent area of enquiry.


Fashion Illustration Africa Cover Image
By Tapiwa Matsinde, Zakirah Rabaney (Introduction by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780995470606
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Published: Shoko Press - November 2nd, 2016

Discover Africa's rising generation of fashion illustrators who are bringing diversity to the industry.


Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781609380588
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Published: University of Iowa Press - October 28th, 2011

Beginning with a deceptively simple question--What do we mean when we designate behaviors, values, or forms of expression as "black"?--Evie Shockley's Renegade Poetics separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long encompassed.


Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic Cover Image
$44.95
ISBN: 9780415926584
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Published: Routledge - November 2nd, 2001

In Soul Babies, Mark Anthony Neal explains the complexities and contradictions of black life and culture after the end of the Civil Rights era. He traces the emergence of what he calls a post-soul aesthetic, a transformation of values that marked a profound change in African American thought and experience.


Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813915319
Published: University of Virginia Press - July 29th, 1994

Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics (New Black Studies Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780252041006
Published: University of Illinois Press - May 12th, 2017

A 2008 cover of The New Yorker featured a much-discussed Black Power parody of Michelle and Barack Obama. The image put a spotlight on how easy it is to flatten the Black Power movement as we imagine new types of blackness. Margo Natalie Crawford argues that we have misread the Black Arts Movement's call for blackness.


Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S. Cover Image
$67.00
ISBN: 9780195337372
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 6th, 2011

Specters of Democracy examines how figurations of blackness were used to illuminate the fraught relationship between citizenship, equality, and democracy in the antebellum U.S. Through close readings of Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Walt Whitman


Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (Religion) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780814794524
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Published: New York University Press - February 1st, 2009

Through their constant television broadcasts, mass video distributions, and printed publications, African American religious broadcasters have a seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular culture.


Black Aesthetic Season One: Black Women in Film Cover Image
By Ryanaustin Dennis (Editor)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780998346113
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Published: Wolfman Books - June 23rd, 2017

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Contributors include Christian Johnson, Leila Weefur, Jamal Batts, Jordan Brown, Anaiis Cisco, Malika, "RA" Imhotep, Yetunde Olagbaju, and Soleil Summer.


In the twenty-first century, American popular culture increasingly makes visible the performance of African spirituality by black women. Disney's Princess and the Frog and Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are two notable examples.


Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism Cover Image
$99.95
ISBN: 9781478010333
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Published: Duke University Press - February 26th, 2021

In Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism, Samantha A. No l investigates how Black Caribbean and American artists of the early twentieth century responded to and challenged colonial and other white-dominant regimes through tropicalist representation.


Black British Aesthetics Today Cover Image
By R. Victoria Arana (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781443806015
Published: Cambridge Scholars Publishing - June 1st, 2009

Black British Aesthetics Today is a collection of twenty-four exciting critical and theoretical essays exploring current thinking about the hottest artistic, literary, and critical works now being produced by black Britons. This book features a number of chapters by the avant-garde black British novelists, poets, and artists themselves.


Black Aesthetics in African Drama Cover Image
$85.00
ISBN: 9783848422739
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Published: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing - May 25th, 2012

Black Aesthetics in African Drama discusses the theatrical links that connect two literary traditions on both sides of the Atlantic divide (African and African-American literatures).


Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics (New Black Studies Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780252082498
Published: University of Illinois Press - May 12th, 2017

A 2008 cover of The New Yorker featured a much-discussed Black Power parody of Michelle and Barack Obama. The image put a spotlight on how easy it is to flatten the Black Power movement as we imagine new types of blackness. Margo Natalie Crawford argues that we have misread the Black Arts Movement's call for blackness.


Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts) Cover Image
$31.25
ISBN: 9781405150637
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell - May 23rd, 2016

Black is Beautiful identifies and explores the most significant philosophical issues that emerge from the aesthetic dimensions of black life, providing a long-overdue synthesis and the first extended philosophical treatment of this crucial subject.


Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780253208552
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Published: Indiana University Press - May 22nd, 1994

A clear and uncluttered writer, Dubey helps us understand these ideological and literary complexities. --Virginia Quarterly Review


Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813928593
Published: University of Virginia Press - December 16th, 2009

Exploring the interface between the cultural politics of the Black Power and the Black Arts movements and the production of postwar African American popular culture, Amy Ongiri shows how the reliance of Black politics on an oppositional image of African Americans was the formative moment in the construction of "authentic blackness" as a cultural identity.


Teaching Daughters of the Dust as a Womanist Film and the Black Arts Aesthetic of Filmmaker Julie Dash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433182990
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Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - July 14th, 2020

An anthology of essays devoted to the examination of filmmaker Julie Dash's ground-breaking film, Daughters of the Dust, this book celebrates the importance and influence of this film and positions it within the discourses of Black Feminism, Womanism, the LA Rebellion, New Black Cinema, Great Migration, The Black Arts tradition, Oral History, African American/Black/African diasporan Stud


August Wilson and Black Aesthetics Cover Image
$54.99
ISBN: 9780230113015
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - May 9th, 2011

This book offers new essays and interviews addressing Wilson's work, ranging from examinations of the presence of Wilson's politics in his plays to the limitations of these politics on contemporary interpretations of Black aesthetics. Also includes an updated introduction assessing Wilson's legacy since his death in 2005.


Black Aesthetic Season III: Black Interiors Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781733276139
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Published: Wolfman Books - April 2nd, 2020

Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Art. Film. Music. BLACK AESTHETIC SEASON III: BLACK INTERIORS is a book exploring the collective depths and singular nuances of Black experience through cinema and visual representation.


Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469654010
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 25th, 2019

While Washington, D.C., is still often referred to as Chocolate City, it has undergone significant demographic, political, and economic change in the last decade. In D.C., no place represents this shift better than the H Street corridor. In this book, Brandi Thompson Summers documents D.C.'s shift to a post-chocolate cosmopolitan metropolis by charting H Street's economic and racial developments.


None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life (Theory Q) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781478001508
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Published: Duke University Press - November 26th, 2018

It passes for an unassailable truth that the slave past provides an explanatory prism for understanding the black political present. In None Like Us Stephen Best reappraises what he calls "melancholy historicism"-a kind of crime scene investigation in which the forensic imagination is directed toward the recovery of a "we" at the point of "our" violent origin.


Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555535865
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Published: Northeastern University Press - October 2nd, 2003

Trey Ellis's uproariously funny debut novel Platitudes, first published in 1988, takes on conflicts within the African American literary community. Dewayne Wellington, a failing black experimental novelist, and Isshee Ayam, a radical feminist author, collaborate on Dewayne's latest sexist comedy.


In The Break: The Aesthetics Of The Black Radical Tradition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816641000
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 9th, 2003

Investigates the connections between jazz, sexual identity, and radical black politics

In his controversial essay on white jazz musician Burton Greene, Amiri Baraka asserted that jazz was exclusively an African American art form and explicitly fused the idea of a black aesthetic with radical political traditions of the African diaspora. In the Break is an ext


Art on My Mind: Visual Politics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565842632
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Published: New Press - July 1st, 1995

"As erudite and sophisticated as hooks is, she is also eminently readable, even exhilarating." --Booklist


Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813940328
Published: University of Virginia Press - September 12th, 2017

Christopher Freeburg's Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life offers a crucial new reading of a neglected aspect of African American literature and art across the long twentieth century.


GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250204561
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 20th, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

From Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, comes GLORY, a photography book that shatters the conventional standards of beauty for Black children.

Featuring a foreword by Amanda Seales


The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women Cover Image
By Catherine E. McKinley, Jacqueline Woodson (Foreword by), Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781620403532
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 19th, 2021

A USA Today "Must-Read for Black History Month"

An unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs--featuring an Introduction by Edwidge Danticat and a Foreword by Jacqueline Woodson.


The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion Cover Image
By Antwaun Sargent, Addy Campbell (Photographer), Arielle Bobb-Willis (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781597114684
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Published: Aperture - October 29th, 2019

In The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media and art has been one marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities.