Afrochic Safari

Bergdorf & Goodman Fall 2015 Window Display

You can’t make this stuff up!

African Americans perform in Frank Buck’s Jungleland, a popular attraction at the 1939 World’s Fair. Paul Gillespie Collection of New York World’s Fair Materials, New-York Historical Society.
African Americans perform in Frank Buck’s Jungleland, a popular attraction at the 1939 World’s Fair. Paul Gillespie Collection of New York World’s Fair Materials, New-York Historical Society.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

Afrochic now, done right: Lupita Nyong’o by Christian McDonald for Vogue magazine.

This costume seems to be part of an intriguing project that I likely won’t get to in my book this go-around, alas.

Avant Tut interest in all things Egyptian

Turns out that Simcox is the surname of Clara E. Simcox, aka Madame Simcox, a New York dressmaker. There isn’t a lot floating out there on the web about her but she is on my radar now.

The Hobby Horse

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This empty lot at 205 West 136th Street is the site of a former bookstore and cafe that catered to the black avant-garde. I just learned that my great-aunt went there back in the day. So thrilling!