Conversation on Harlem Renaissance and Fashion Rescheduled

This event has gone virtual and will be held on Zoom on 06/16. You must register to attend.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/romare-bearden-cinque-artist-series-with-the-harlem-school-of-the-arts-tickets-107129382868

03/24 Convo on Harlem Renaissance Fashion Postponed

This event has been postponed in response to public health concerns but we hope to reschedule for a later date. Check back for updated information.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/romare-bearden-cinque-artist-series-at-harlem-school-of-the-arts-tickets-96084313769

Upcoming convo on fashion and the Harlem Renaissance

I will be having a conversation with Liz Way from the Museum at FIT about the Harlem Renaissance and fashion. Join us on March 24th at the Harlem School of the Arts!

Harlem during the Jazz Age was renown for the style of its denizens. The twenties was a time of radical transformation for clothing, and Harlem was at the cutting edge of new trends, influencing mainstream fashion and culture in unprecedented ways. This conversation will examine what people wore during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, from flapper dresses to Zoot suits. The style of fashionable Harlemites has had a lasting influence on fashion and is still felt today.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/romare-bearden-cinque-artist-series-at-harlem-school-of-the-arts-tickets-96084313769

The hard copy of my essay arrived!

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The illustrations for my Brooklyn Rail essay, “The African Roots of Modern Fashion,” garnered me a beautiful two-page spread. Go Afrochic!

New essay published on Afrochic

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My piece, “The African Roots of Modern Fashion,” is a part of the lastest Brooklyn Rail Critics Page on art and fashion edited by Alexandra Schwartz. It provides some insight into my current research. Pleased to be in the company of Valerie Steele, Juliet Bellow, Rhonda Garelick, and Saya Woolfalk!

I offer up another Afrochic tidbit in celebration: Carl Van Vechten’s 1934 portrait of socialite Emilie Grigsby. The leopard couture gown she is wearing is now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum:

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Man And Women Harlem Style, 1920’s

In the Spotlight: The Politics of Fashion

EXH REV: “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

http://chronoswatchmagazine.com/impressionism-fashion-modernity/

Egyptomania…encore!

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I didn’t have the chance to discuss this photograph of Anna May Wong wearing a hat referencing the one worn by Neferetiti in her famous portrait bust in my recent talk about Egyptomania and fashion — and I don’t even know why Wong was photographed wearing it — but it’s such a great image so I couldn’t resist acknowledging it in some public manner.