04/05/2010


WHAT IS
BLACK STYLE

Tulloch, Carol (ed). (2004). Black Style, First Edition. London: V&A Publications.
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London, 2003. Photo by Ben Watts (p.125)
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Goldie, Los Angeles, 1997. Photo by Dean Belcher (p.117)
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'Black people are not the only social group to turn heads on the street, but it is their attention to detail in the art of dressing that has highlighted style performance across the country. They have used clothes, shoes, accessories and hairstyles - the whole gamut of dress - to create different styles and fashions for different purposes.' (p.86)
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Notting Hill Carnival, 2003. Photo by Bryn Reade. (p.110)

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'The night-life in black clubs, blues and house parties gives full vent to black aesthetics. In a space where the decibel level makes body language the most effective means of communication, clubbers have the opportunity to indulge in their dress fantasies, in an atmosphere bent on free expression.' (p.109)
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Washington, 1995. Photo by Thabo Jaiyesimi
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'…dress has become a particular form of aesthetic poignancy. Thus, in the twenty-first century, it has reached an aesthetic moment where heredity and traditions of style, accumulated over more than 50 years, have culminated in a dynamic cultural entity moulded in part by the politics of race and ethnicity, as well as the desire to develop personal style from a wealth of influences. From this comes the ability to evoke visual pleasure in the observer, bringing psychological reassurance for the wearer and a consequent sense of pride.' (p.89)
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UrbanImage.tv/Wayne Tippetts (p.69)
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UrbanImage.tv/Wayne Tippetts (p.70)
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'One could say that to check the style and fashion of black people in Britain is to see how they have confronted the tenets of difference to present a sense of 'truth' to their individual life experience.' (p.89)
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UrbanImage.tv/Wayne Tippetts (p.82)
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The Astoria, London, 1987. Photo by Derek Ridgers/PYMCA. (p.85)
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'Hair has long been a symbol of oppression and resistance, as well as a mark of freedom and individualisation, and still remains a sensitive issue.' (p.92)
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London, 1990s. Fela/PYMCA (p.93)

1 comment:

  1. i love this book ! thanx for the pics and quotes

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